TRAVIS AIR FORCE BASE — Approximately 1,500 civilian workers at Travis will be affected by plans to impose furloughs on the Pentagon’s civilian work force if automatic budget cuts take effect March 1.
That’s the number of what are called appropriated-fund employees, who work on base in jobs ranging from receptionists to engineers. The number is listed in the base’s most recent economic impact statement.
Travis and the rest of the Air Force cut all expenses not deemed critical to the mission, such as flying missions not directly related to readiness, which includes flying for air shows and familiarization rides. Also cut were minor purchases, such as new furniture and technology upgrades, temporary duty travel to conferences, staff assistance visits and training seminars.
A civilian hiring freeze for all positions not considered mission-critical and releasing temporary employees not deemed critical to the mission by March 8 was put into place in late January, according to a Jan. 28 statement released by the base’s Public Affairs Office.
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