The Seattle Times reported that the plan would affect about 16,200 civilian workers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and 16,000 Northwest civilian Navy employees, most of whom work in Washington.
The Defense Department hopes a 9 percent cut in the civilian employee payroll in Washington would save about $175 million.
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta told Congress Wednesday he would have to cut payroll on a total of 800,000 civilian workers if automatic government spending cuts kick in on March 1. The cuts would save $4 billion to $5 billion by the end of September.
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