Federal cuts force furloughs in Wichita agency

WICHITA, Kansas (AP) – Officials of Wichita’s Housing and Community Services department say 59 employees will be furloughed on 13 days this year because of the automatic federal budget cuts.

The agency announced the forced days off on Wednesday, citing the federal sequester. The salaries of all 59 workers are funded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Wichita department will be closed Friday, on the first day of the furloughs, and on 12 more Fridays through early December.

HUD is one of seven federal agencies required by the budget cuts to furlough employees. HUD’s own employees and offices are also affected.

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