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Washington Stalemate Threatens 500 Jobs in Limestone
10/15/2013 04:51 PM ET  

Officials with the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service say the agency is trying to keep its 500 workers in Limestone on the job, at least through the end of the month.

As the government shutdown and debt ceiling stalemate drag on, a spokesman for the Department of Defense Finance and Accounting Service says the agency is working to keep its more than 500 employees in Limestone on the job at least through the end of the month.

DFAS, as it's called, does payroll for the Departments of Defense, Energy, Veterans Affairs and Health and Human Services. Steve Burghardt, with DFAS, says the jobs of more than 500 workers at the agency's Limestone office are safe, for a few days at least.

"DFAS leaders have issued a statement that they are confident that we can extend operations well through the debt ceiling date of Oct. 17," Burghardt says. "They are working very hard to extend that through the end of the month."

Burghardt says DFAS is funded by a Department of Defense account that - as of last week - still had enough money in it to keep paying workers in Limestone.

But he's quick to add that it's hard to say exactly what will happen at the agency in the coming days, if the parties in Washington can't reach some kind of agreement.

This story was reported and written by Jay Field.



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