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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • More than 2,000 furloughed at fort

  • About 2,300 civilian employees at Fort Leavenworth have been furloughed because of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, a fort official said.
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  • About 2,300 civilian employees at Fort Leavenworth have been furloughed because of the partial shutdown of the U.S. government, a fort official said.
    The government shutdown went into effect Tuesday morning after members of the Senate and House of Representatives failed to reach a deal to keep the government funded heading into a new fiscal year.
    "The furlough is in effect until we hear otherwise," fort spokesman Lt. Col. Jeff Allen said.
    He said uniformed military personnel at Fort Leavenworth, which totals around 4,000, remain on the job. This includes students of the Command and General Staff College who continue to have classes.
    He said Fort Leavenworth has about 2,600 Department of Defense and Department of Army civilian employees. He said about 300 of them have have not been furloughed because they work in areas such as fire and force protection.
    "So those essential services are being taken care of," he said.
    All employees came to work Tuesday morning. Allen said the civilian employees were on the job for about four hours before they were released to begin the unpaid furlough.
    Before they left, the employees received some guidance and took care of several housekeeping matters, Allen said.
    At the Eisenhower VA Medical Center in Leavenworth, it was business as usual Tuesday, according to hospital spokesman Jim Gleisberg.
    That's because the hospitals in the VA system already are fully funded for the 2014 fiscal year.
    "We get our budget a year in advance to preclude things like this from happening," he said, referring to to the temporary shutdown of hospitals.
    At the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth, prison spokesman Treavor Kroger said ahead of Tuesday's shutdown that employees weren't expecting furloughs.

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