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Virginia company may lay off nearly 480 in Maryland

A Virginia-based company that provides information technology, management and other services to the federal government warned regulators that it might layoff 478 workers in Maryland, the state said Friday.

Serco Inc., of Reston, Va., also told Maryland's Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation that it can't say whether the layoffs would be permanent or when they would occur. Serco's website said it serves the military, federal civilian agencies and the intelligence community.

The company wasn't immediately available for comment. Serco's announcement comes as the federal government undergoes $85 billion in automatic across-the-board cuts, known as sequestration, after lawmakers failed to reach a compromise by March 1.

Serco told regulators that it anticipates laying off 308 people at its offices in Columbia, 82 in Suitland, 27 at Aberdeen Proving Grounds and 61 in Montgomery County.

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