The Pentagon’s budget-cutting furloughs could be less than originally forecast, meaning more than 5,000 civilian Department of Defense employees in the Charleston region will have to take of less time off than expected.

Defense officials said this week the Pentagon will sharply cut the number of unpaid furlough days that civilians will have to take in the next several months from 22 to 14, The Associated Pres reported.

The effect would be to reduce the financial impact of the budget cuts on as many as 700,000 workers by around one-third.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel made the decision earlier this week but many military installations are still waiting for official word or implementation plans.

Initially, it was believed civilian workers would have had to take one day off each week for 22 weeks, starting in late April.