(WASHINGTON) -- U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel is giving back a portion of his salary as a sign of solidarity with the Pentagon’s civilian employees who will be furloughed, spokesman George Little confirmed Tuesday.
Little said, “I had a discussion shortly after he took office with the secretary, and he will voluntarily subject part of his salary to furlough levels, even though he's not required. He has committed to do that; that's right."
"I'm not going to speak for other senior officials but I feel compelled to at least let you know that the secretary plans to subject his pay to furlough levels even though he's not required to because he is a presidentially appointed, Senate-confirmed official in this department,” he continued.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter said he would be taking a 20 percent reduction in pay through the end of September because that’s how much of a reduction in pay civilian employees would face if they were to be furloughed for 22 days. That number of furlough days has now been reduced to 14, thanks to the new continuing resolution. It’s unclear what kind of percentage cut that would mean for Hagel.
How exactly does Hagel make this happen? According to Little, “My understanding is -- and I'm not the accounting expert here, but my understanding is that there is a legal way to actually write a check, if you will, back to the U.S. Treasury.”
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