WASHINGTON (AP) - Department of Housing and Urban Development employees won't need to take their final two unpaid furlough days after all.
The agency said Friday it is making enough progress finding the $69.6 million spending reductions mandated by the government's automatic budget cuts without needing the additional days planned for later this month.
HUD's more than 8,400 workers have had five furlough days since May, closing the agency's headquarters in Washington and shutting down about 80 field offices.
HUD is the latest agency to reduce furlough days. The Pentagon recently reduced its furloughs for civilian employees, cutting the unpaid days off from 11 to six.
The across-the-board budget cuts are the result of Washington's failure to work out a long-term, deficit-cutting plan.