WASHINGTON – The Department of Defense says it would have to cut $154.9 million from its civilian payroll in Pennsylvania if automatic spending cuts take effect next month.
The department said the civilian payroll totaled $1.83 billion in the current fiscal year. The estimated 2013 fiscal year payroll was $1.67 billion.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress on Wednesday that the cuts could force him to shorten the workweek for the “vast majority” of the Defense Department’s 800,000 civilian workers.
The (Scranton) Times-Tribune says the economic impact of the cuts on Tobyhanna Army Depot could be more than $300 million, slashing its budget by more than one-third this year. The paper says the commonwealth’s other Army depot, Letterkenny in Franklin County, would absorb spending reductions of more than $449 million.