Published: Feb 21, 2013 10:25 AM EST

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Thousands of civilians working at MacDill Air Force Base could lose about 20 days of pay this year if Congress and the White House don't reach a deal on the national debt by March 1.
The Tampa Tribune ( ) reports officials with the various commands at MacDill - including U.S. Central Command, U.S. Special Operations Command, the 6th Air Mobility Wing and the 927th Air Refueling Wing - haven't yet been given specific orders.
A spokesman says Centcom has about 900 civilian employees who could be affected.
The Department of Defense says the triggering of automatic, half-trillion dollar cuts approved by Congress would force about 80 percent of the department's 800,000 civilian employees to take days off between April and the end of the fiscal year in September.
Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune,

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