Army officials at Fort Meade say they will lay off about 40 permanent employees and 10 temporary workers late this year because of restructuring and budget cuts.
The layoffs will be part of an overall force reduction that will cut 136 civilian Army positions at the base. In addition to the layoffs, the other jobs will be eliminated by moving workers to new positions or leaving vacancies unfilled, Fort Meade spokesman Don McClow said.
The cuts are expected to save approximately $7 million a year.
Details about the kinds of jobs that will be eliminated were not available. Mr. McClow said the workers would receive 60 days notice prior to termination. The layoffs will take effect sometime in the fourth quarter of the year, he added.
Mr. McClow said that if further budget cuts are made, there may be more layoffs.
The layoffs do not affect civilians working at Fort Meade for the Air Force, Navy or National Security Agency, he said.
The Army employs more than 1,700 civilians at the base. Overall, about 30,000 civilians work at Fort Meade.