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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

Adm. Bob Papp, Commandant, Coast Guard

Why capturing drug smugglers is becoming harder for the Coast Guard.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 01:28pm EDT
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Furlough appeals continue to stretch MSPB 'beyond capacity'

The Merit Systems Protection Board seeks additional resources in its fiscal 2015 budget request to improve staffing and IT infrastructure. The agency is working through more than 32,000 furlough appeals in addition to its regular workload and also expects a wave of administrative judge retirements.

Thursday - 03/13/2014, 09:20am EDT
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SSA adjusting to 2014 budget pressures

On this week's Agency of the Month show, Peter Spencer discusses how budget uncertainty is negatively impacting the agency.

Friday - 11/01/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Report: Budget cuts hurt tax collections by IRS

IRS tax collections from enforcement actions drop for second year as agency faces budget cuts

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 11:40am EDT

Sequestration and Syria

Members of the federal family have an outsized stake in the outcome of the Syria debate, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The term boots-on-the-ground is a popular but distant buzzword for politicians and pundits. But many feds have literally been in those boots.

Friday - 09/13/2013, 02:00am EDT

MSPB reports 32,000+ furlough appeals during FY2013

Majority of appeals are from DoD employees and the MSPB's regional offices have docketed nearly all of the furlough-related appeals.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 08:46pm EDT

MSPB moves forward with furlough appeals

The number of furlough appeals coming in each day to the Merit Systems Protection Board is steadily decreasing, allowing the board to move forward with consolidating appeals and preparing them for adjudication.

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 05:36am EDT
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Were you visited by the furlough fairy?

Sequestration has left tens of thousands of federal workers dazed, angry and broke, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So were they wrong, or are they wimps? Were you tapped by the furlough fairy's magic wand? If so, how come? If not, how did you escape?

Tuesday - 09/10/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration: Can we afford all these savings?

Everybody knows that sequestration has saved the taxpayers a bundle of money, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But is there a downside, in addition to the furloughs, appeals and angst? How is it where you are?

Friday - 09/06/2013, 02:00am EDT

FEEA suspends furlough loans to feds

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund announced Wednesday it will have to suspend new furlough loans to civilian federal employees, due to a lack of available funds.

Wednesday - 09/04/2013, 09:29am EDT

From binder clips to sequester pads, one fed takes small steps to tackle big budget problems

Joseph Frankovic looked around his office at the Federal Register and saw that it was being overrun by binder clips. At a time when agencies are struggling to save budget dollars wherever they can, Frankovic saw an opportunity to make a difference - and he took it.

Thursday - 08/29/2013, 06:43pm EDT

Fired, furloughed or locked out - what are the odds?

In some states, they used to let condemned prisoners choose their method of execution. That has mostly gone out of style. But here in Washington, politicians still give about-to-be-kicked federal workers some different options, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Such as furloughed, fired or locked out.

Tuesday - 08/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Coffers nearly dry, FEEA says most furlough loans could end next week

The Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund says it won't be able to help out most furloughed federal employees beyond the end of the week because donations haven't kept up with the crush of applications from employees facing the forced time off.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 01:41pm EDT
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The government as 'Animal Farm?'

As Americans, we learn from childhood that all men (and women) are created equal. But as we get older, wiser and more experienced, read George Orwell's "Animal Farm" or go to work for the government, we learn that some people are created more equal than others. So is Uncle Sam running a sort of Animal Farm? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks.

Monday - 08/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

How many furlough days did feds actually take?

With the end of fiscal 2013 just over a month away, many agencies are wrapping up their furlough days. Some agencies have even reduced the number of unpaid leave days they originally thought they would need. This graphic depicts the total number of furlough days originally declared by agencies versus the number of furloughs actually taken.

Friday - 08/23/2013, 12:00pm EDT

Furloughs: WTF?

When it comes to figuring out sequestration and furloughs, the phrase that most often comes to federal workers' lips is "WTF." Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says it stands for "What're The Facts" behind the political monstrosity that triggered furloughs, and in some agencies could produce layoffs next year?

Friday - 08/23/2013, 02:00am EDT

MSPB continues long slog through 30,000 furlough appeals

The majority of furlough-related appeals the Merit Systems Protection Board has received - 98 percent - have come from civilian employees of the Defense Department. Of the 30,000-plus furlough appeals, MSPB has entered more than 16,000 into its system. The agency says it expects to have most of the appeals docketed shortly after Labor Day.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 05:16pm EDT

Sequestration Tracker: Guide to agency furloughs

In the weeks leading up to March 1, agencies across government have painted increasingly dire pictures of life under sequestration. Along with hiring freezes, spending reductions, and curtailed travel and training, many agencies are planning for furloughs. With Federal News Radio's Sequestration Tracker, find out how agencies have said they'll slash their budgets to comply with the $85 billion in across-the-board cuts.

Thursday - 08/22/2013, 11:00am EDT

EPA cancels Aug. 30 furlough day

Environmental Protection Agency employees will no longer have to take their final, mandatory furlough day.

Wednesday - 08/21/2013, 07:08pm EDT

OMB reduces number of furlough days by 2

The Office of Management and Budget originally planned for 10 furlough days. Employees were already required to take seven unpaid days off and one more is planned before Sept. 30.

Tuesday - 08/20/2013, 05:48pm EDT
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