Sequestration expected to impact Havelock

Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 04:27 PM.

Sanders said that failure of legislators to compromise had led to the situation. He said he did not believe a deal could be struck before Friday.

"I’m not optimistic, but I’m hopeful that before too many days or weeks that some agreement will be reached in Washington," he said. " … These civilian employees, for most of them, this 20 percent pay cut is going to be significant."

Mary Beth Fennell, production team director at Fleet Readiness Center East at Cherry Point, also met with the Military Alliance with Zimmerman. She said the facility was advised in January to conserve resources, put a freeze on hiring and "do not contract or purchase anything unless it is mission essential," she said. "Every purchase has to go to headquarters for approval."

She said budget cuts are not a reflection on FRC East employees or the workload.

"The house is full, there is lots of work and people wanting to do it," she said.

She did say unanticipated repair service inside or outside the facility has stopped.

"The Navy doesn’t have that money, so that work has stopped until April 1," she said.

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