Pentagon spokesman George Little told reporters that Hagel will issue a check back to the Treasury as a sign of solidarity with other DoD employees subjected to a 14 day paycut.
“My understanding is that there is a legal way to actually write a check, if you will, back to the U.S. Treasury,” Little told reporters.
Hagel’s yearly salary of $199,700 will be shortened by $10,750.
The DoD will be cutting nearly 800,000 civilian employees’ pay, a decision by the Pentagon following the implementation of sequestration.
UPDATE: The New York Times reports that President Obama will return five percent of his annual salary to the Treasury Department.
The voluntary move would be retroactive to March 1 and apply through the rest of the calendar year, the official said. The White House came up with the 5 percent figure to approximate the level of automatic spending cuts to non-defense federal agencies that took effect that day.
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