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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

Obama to return 5 percent of salary to Treasury

Obama to return 5 percent of his salary _ sharing pain of budget cuts with furloughed workers

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 04:32pm EDT

OMB offers updated guidance to agencies facing sequestration cuts

The Office of Management and Budget has directed agencies to take full advantage of the funding flexibilities they have under law as they implement across-the-board sequestration cuts, that went into effect March 1. In an April 4 memo, OMB Controller Danny Werfel also directed agency and department leaders to be mindful of certain types of performance awards and to work with agency inspectors general before making cuts to IG offices.

Thursday - 04/04/2013, 03:41pm EDT

Gallows humor: Sequestration style

Remember the bad old days before political correctness mandated us to be better. It was a time when mother-in-law jokes were told and tolerated. Well, gone are the days. Now, at least in government circles, the old bad-news-good-news examples focus on sequestration and furloughs, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Surviving furlough pay cuts

Your stress level about the possibility of being furloughed probably depends on where you work, your length-of-service and how much cash you have in reserve for a rainy day. For long-time, comfortable feds, this is just a speed bump in the road, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But for thousands of paycheck-to-paycheck employees, this is not a drill...

Wednesday - 04/03/2013, 02:00am EDT

Furlough notices sent out to OMB staff

White House says 480 on president's budget staff receive furlough notices due to budget fight

Tuesday - 04/02/2013, 04:30am EDT

CBP postpones 60,000 furloughs, overtime cuts

In a reversal of course, U.S. Customs and Border Protection now says it is postponing employee furloughs and will continue to authorize overtime pay. The agency said it is "reevaluating" both the planned furloughs of its 60,000 employees and the elimination of administratively uncontrollable overtime, or AUO, because of new funding granted in the 2013 appropriations bill Congress passed last month.

Monday - 04/01/2013, 07:40pm EDT

Airports suing FAA over planned tower shutdowns

Airport operators are mounting a legal challenge to the Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut funding for 149 air traffic control towers, accusing the agency of violating federal law meant to ensure major changes at airports do not erode safety.

Saturday - 03/30/2013, 04:14am EDT

Federal furloughs: Chiseled in butter?

Remember the best seller, "I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It," by basketball great Charles Barkley. Maybe he should do a sequel, starting with the government, sequestration and furloughs, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/29/2013, 02:00am EDT

AG Holder delaying furlough decisions to mid-April

Attorney General Eric Holder says he isn't making a decision on whether to furlough Justice Department employees until mid-April.

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 05:49pm EDT

Budget cuts border security, immigrant detention

Immigrants released from detention centers, border security scaled back amid budget cuts

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 05:38pm EDT

Furloughs: Different strokes for different agencies

It may be that all men and women were created equally. But when it comes time for furloughs to kick in, all federal workers are not going to be treated equally, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Thursday - 03/28/2013, 02:00am EDT

The Ballad of the Furloughed

Can the power of music be used to block furloughs? Does music really soothe the savage beast? Some feds are turning to music to help blunt sequestration-triggered pay cuts, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Wednesday - 03/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

Obama signs bill to avoid government shutdown

Obama signs spending bill to avoid government shutdown; keeps sequester cuts in place

Tuesday - 03/26/2013, 07:00pm EDT

Uncle Sam suffering death by a thousand cuts

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Are you and your coworkers suffering from what is known as death-by-a-thousand cuts? Is it happening? Does it hurt? Or can you not even tell?

Tuesday - 03/26/2013, 02:00am EDT

Federal defenders face deep cuts, delays in cases

The lawyers who defend the nation's poor in federal courts across the country are grappling with budget cuts they say will decimate their offices, delay criminal cases and jeopardize the fairness of the criminal justice system.

Monday - 03/25/2013, 08:13am EDT

Sequestration part deux (or just duh!)

Furloughs are still in the federal forecast. But a funny thing happened last week that has some long-time, long-suffering government types wondering if things are going to be as tough as expected, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Monday - 03/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

FAA to close 149 air traffic towers under cuts

Federal Aviation Administration to close 149 air traffic control towers because of budget cuts

Saturday - 03/23/2013, 09:56am EDT

Time capsule for sequestration thoughts

Now that the budget battle is over, for now, the next stormcloud on the horizon is sequestration. It kicked in earlier this month, but the effects probably won't be felt until next month at the earliest, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Will it be the nightmare many have predicted or will it fade away as politicians get nervous and the public gets angry?

Friday - 03/22/2013, 02:00am EDT

GOP pillories administration's sequester prep

House Republicans pillory Obama administration over preparations for mandatory budget cuts

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 04:58pm EDT

Nearly 250 laid off at Wash. Hanford nuclear site

The Department of Energy announced that 235 people will be laid off, and more than 2,500 will be furloughed for several weeks, as a result of automatic federal budget cuts.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 08:14am EDT

Agencies could be liable for certain costs under sequestration

Agencies will be liable for many of the costs coming from the termination of contracts, including legal fees and employee compensation costs, if sequestration happens Jan. 2, 2013 and if vendors do not issue layoff notices this fall.

Friday - 09/28/2012, 06:41pm EDT
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