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COs must detail cuts forced by budget gridlock
COs must detail cuts forced by budget gridlock
By Lolita C. Baldor - The Associated Press
Posted : Tuesday Nov 27, 2007 21:54:00 EST

WASHINGTON Army commanders have been ordered to begin calculating budget and personnel cuts as a result of the congressional gridlock over the war spending bill, according to a new memo.

The four-page directive, issued by Gen. Richard Cody, the Army Vice Chief of Staff, tells top officers at all Army bases to develop plans to use troops to replace civilians and contractors who may have to be laid off around Feb. 23. The detailed plans are due next Tuesday, according to the memo obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press.

Because the war funding bill has not been approved, the military is using operations and maintenance money from its 2008 budget for war-related costs. For the Army, those funds will run out in mid-February unless Congress acts.

Cody said all military personnel other than those preparing to go to the war zone should be considered available as the civilian substitutes.

The memo, issued late Monday night, tells commanders to calculate the weekly costs of the minimum essential operations that could continue under emergency procedures if all money for operations is exhausted.

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uhc comment: Could it be? Could it really happen? Could Nancy and Harry actually grow spines?
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