The Department of Housing and Urban Development will go ahead with a plan to slash its work force to 7,500, from 10,500, but it will take two years longer than previously was announced and will cost $20 million.

In a news conference with the National Council of HUD Locals of the American Federation of Government Employees, HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo said the agency is extending the timetable to 2002, from 2000.

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