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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

Sequestration threatens public defender program with 'complete destruction'

Federal public defender offices have been slammed by across-the-board budget cuts so far this year. But as damaging as sequestration has been for the federal defender program this year, it faces virtual extinction if the cuts continue into next year, according to Michael Nachmanoff, the federal public defender for the Eastern District of Virginia.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 06:22pm EDT
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FEEA overwhelmed with furlough aid requests

The number of furloughed federal employees seeking emergency loans from the Federal Employee Education and Assistance Fund (FEEA) continues to grow, as FEEA tries to keep up with the heightened demand.

Monday - 07/15/2013, 03:27pm EDT
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What if these are the good old days?

Here's a horrible thought to start off your week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. You've had your pay frozen and maybe you have been furloughed with more mandatory time-outs to come. But what if these are the good old days right now? That it can't get any better than this...

Monday - 07/15/2013, 02:00am EDT
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EEOC cancels second phase of furloughs

After two weeks of deliberation and analysis of agency resources, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has decided to cancel its second phase of furloughs.

Friday - 07/12/2013, 04:09pm EDT

OMG - it's TGIF & feds are LOL

Although its not the dreaded Friday the 13th, many feds - from Defense to the IRS are licking their financial wounds, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. IRS employees had a furlough day last Friday. Defense folks began theirs on Monday. So what about a no-work-no-pay plan for Congress and the White House?

Friday - 07/12/2013, 02:00am EDT
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Sequester not yet affecting govt fire response

Obama administration officials say the automatic budget cuts called "sequestration" have not yet affected the government's ability to fight wildfires.

Thursday - 07/11/2013, 05:51pm EDT

Vacationing politicians vs. furloughed feds

What's the difference between an elected politician and a career civil servant? When politicians take time off they get paid, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says, whereas feds who don't work don't.

Tuesday - 07/09/2013, 02:00am EDT

House members push to let PTO offset sequester cuts

House members with constituents impacted by budget cuts to the Patent and Trademark Office and Department of Defense are taking steps to ease the effect of sequestration and furloughs.

Monday - 07/08/2013, 06:34pm EDT

Sequestration snarling 2014 budget process

The annual appropriations process is a complex and arduous Washington practice. But sequestration has snarled the process this year. As appropriators work to set agency funding, the House and the Senate disagree about how to account for the cuts in next year's spending plans.

Sunday - 07/07/2013, 09:48pm EDT

Sequestration slowing OPM's efforts to clear retirement backlog

OPM processed just 8,683 claims last month about 2,800 fewer than it had initially expected to. That's the second month in a row OPM fell behind in processing monthly claims according to new OPM data. The agency was forced to eliminate overtime for employees in its Retirement Services operation at the end of April because of the automatic budget cuts.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 01:53pm EDT

Another furlough Friday, relief possible for some

Thousands of federal employees at four separate government agencies are required to take an unpaid furlough day July 5. Meanwhile, employees at two government agencies could see a diminished impact of furloughs.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 10:29am EDT

Light traffic today? Blame the F word

If traffic is a little light today, don't credit it entirely to the weather or people on alternative work schedules. In many places you can chalk it up to the presence of the F-word, which is becoming part of the deal if you work for Uncle Sam, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 07/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

Hiring reforms thriving despite freezes, early outs

In an exclusive Federal News Radio survey, agency chief human capital officers said the hiring reforms instituted by the Obama administration are working. Most respondents said it now takes their agencies 46 to 100 days, on average, to hire new employees. Hiring reforms also have improved diversity at agencies and the ability to bring on more talented employees. At the same time, CHCOs said sequestration is impacting their ability to train and complete HR projects.

Tuesday - 07/02/2013, 06:08am EDT
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A friendly home invasion

The sad truth is that a lot of you aren't going to be around this time next week. You will be away. Not that kind of away, but away from the office, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. And we'd like to be home with you.

Friday - 06/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

Pay raise - to be or not to be?

Imagine William Shakespeare were alive today and a federal employee. Would he still come up with stuff like "to be, or not to be, that is the question?" Or would he be preoccupied by the prospect of a furlough? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for more.

Thursday - 06/20/2013, 02:00am EDT

Tons of cocaine entering U.S. due to sequestration cuts, rear admiral says

Coast Guard Rear Adm. Charles Michel, director of the Joint Interagency Task Force South told the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp that cuts from sequestration are limiting the resources available to stop large amounts of cocaine from entering the country.

Thursday - 06/06/2013, 11:38am EDT
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Sequestration: Is there pain beyond the Beltway?

The Washington area is alive and very well as it enters the third month of sequestration, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what about feds in other places? Is their life beyond the Beltway? What's sequestration doing to feds in Ogden, Utah, and Maricopa County. Ariz.? How are communities like Hampton, Va., and Huntsville, Ala., holding up?

Monday - 06/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Sequestration solutions: Furloughs, buyouts, nothing

If you told your giant nationwide operation to make across-the-board cuts, you would think each manager would do roughly the same thing. But since sequestration has been imposed, each federal agency has acted differently, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some have frozen hiring while others are still recruiting. Some are furloughing employees while some are paying them to leave. So what's your agency doing?

Thursday - 05/30/2013, 02:00am EDT

EPA cuts furlough hours

In the second phase of furloughs at the Environmental Protection Agency, employees are now looking at 23 furlough hours instead of 47.

Wednesday - 05/29/2013, 04:19pm EDT

HUD reorg plan violates furlough agreement, union says

The American Federal of Government Employees says the Housing and Urban Development Department's plan to reorganize to save costs runs counter to an agreement it has with the union over employee furloughs.

Tuesday - 05/28/2013, 01:02pm EDT
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