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What if we get sequestered and nothing happens? At least not right away? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know what if the government, instead of furloughing all FBI agents, TSA screeners, and air traffic controllers on the same day finds a way to muddle through -- at least for awhile.
Washington attorney John Mahoney, and Federal Times writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly answer your questions about sequestration and furloughs.
February 20, 2013
If Uncle Sam tried to produce his version of "Fifty Shades of Grey," what would it be like? Would it be an easy and educational read? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey has previewed it and has some suggestions you might want to check out.
Obama presses GOP to avoid automatic spending cuts, warns that 'people will lose their jobs'
Federal News Radio wants to know what you think. Will sequestration go into effect when the deadline hits on March 1?
Talk of federal-employee furloughs has intensified as the clock winds down to March 1 -- the date automatic, across-the-board spending cuts are set to kick in. But even if agencies are forced to go the furlough route, they will have to ensure the workforce reductions are implemented fairly or face a series of potential pitfalls, said John Mahoney, chairman of Tully Rinckey's labor and employment practice group, in an interview on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.
Joe Kull, a director in PricewaterhouseCoopers' Washington Federal Practice and former deputy comptroller for federal financial management in the Office of Management and Budget, and Thad Juszczak, a director at Grant Thornton and former federal budget official, shared their perspectives on sequestration planning on the Federal Drive with Tom Temin and Emily Kopp.
James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, tells Federal News Radio he's concerned about the effects of sequestration on the intelligence community.
Many federal workers are concerned that the stalemate between Congress and the White House will mean furloughs, and the loss of pay, for them, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But a growing number seem to be saying bring it on ... I'll go hiking, camping or do some chores around the house.
Obama administration officials are painting a bleak picture of how federal agencies would fare under sequestration, the automatic budget cuts slated to go into effect in two weeks. The Senate Appropriations Committee heard testimony from several Obama administration officials about the consequences of the cuts, which are set to take effect March 1. However, Danny Werfel, controller of the Office of Management and Budget, emphasized to the committee that employee furloughs would not be immediate.
Colleen Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union, and Federal Times reporter Stephen Losey will discuss sequestration and other issues affecting federal workers.
February 13, 2013
AFGE, AFSCME rally against the potential cuts from sequestration as part of their week-long legislative conference. Union members are meeting with lawmakers to ensure they understand the broader impact cuts due to sequestration would have on the nation and the economy.
Can you take vacation if you are furloughed? Answer: No! What about sick leave? Only if you promise to die to prove you are really sick. And to cap out the week, an asteroid the size of a small skyscraper is coming very close to Earth on Friday, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
In an analysis prepared for the American Federation of Government Employees, contracting expert Charles Tiefer said that agency managers have a number of tools at their disposal to legally scale back service-contract spending and that doing so would be preferable to federal furloughs.
In the past, when federal workers were furloughed they were told to stop working and go home until further notice. If you were out of town, you were to return ASAP, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But what happens if the furlough is one day per week and you are on an assignment to Atlanta or Antarctica?
Ramping up pressure on Congress, White House details looming 'self-inflicted' spending cuts
OMB details hundreds of thousands of furloughs and cuts to nearly every agency program. Danny Werfel, OMB controller, said the effective percentage cut to each civilian agency would be about 9 percent and 13 percent for DoD over the next seven months.
Republicans on the House and Senate Armed Services Committees have proposed an alternative to the automatic budget cuts set to go into effect next month that includes reducing the size of the federal workforce by 10 percent through attrition.
Are you sick of hearing the F-word coming out of Washington? Would you offer yourself up as buyout bait? If the answer to either is yes, check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's Federal Report for the latest forecast.
Civilian federal agencies are expected to begin telling their employees how automatic budget cuts set to go into effect in March will affect them, according to federal-employee unions who were briefed by Obama administration officials. The Office of Management and Budget gave agency heads the go-ahead to begin communicating to their employees as early as Tuesday about the possible effects of sequestration, including employee furloughs.