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Sen. Schumer says DFAS Jobs are Safe

A thousand local government jobs in our area are safe tonight. DFAS in Rome keeps track of military spending for the Department of Defense. But with budget cuts and attempts to streamline, hundreds of livelihoods were at stake. Not anymore.
A thousand local government jobs in our area are safe tonight. DFAS in Rome keeps track of military spending for the Department of Defense. But with budget cuts and attempts to streamline, hundreds of livelihoods were at stake. Not anymore.
Applause from DFAS workers fills the room.
"If you want to have an efficient army, DFAS should not shrink it should grow," said State Senator Chuck Schumer (D). The armed forces is downscaling--and DFAS Rome was on the chopping block. A pilot program that would have slashed the workforce was set to begin April first.
"The projected loss based upon the Army's proposal would have been 605 employees so that's a substantial amount," said DFAS Union President Edward Abounader.
This had DFAS employees on pins and needles.
"It's something that's very difficult when you're driving to work and you're realizing that what do you do when you can't," said John Flanagan.
Today some of those nerves were calmed.
"This pilot, if or when it begins, will not close DFAS, has nothing to do with our Rome DFAS," said Senator Schumer.
DFAS Rome has a payroll of 66-million-dollars, which fuels the local economy.
"There was a lot of uncertainty, a lot of people who weren't sure they were going to have jobs they have spouses who work here. Their children are in school, their families are here, nobody really wants to leave their home," said Lisa Magliocca.
Tonight she says, her fellow employees will be sleeping a bit sounder. But with the understanding that this peace of mind may not last forever.
"There will be future challenges down the road, lord knows what happens 2, 3, 4, 5 years from now as the army downsizes," said Senator Schumer.
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