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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

NOAA plans for 4 furlough days, begins talking to unions

Employees at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will be furloughed four days starting in July, acting Administrator Kathryn Sullivan wrote in an email to staff Monday.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 05:48am EDT

Gestures are great, but they aren't edible

Elected and appointed officials are exempt from sequestration-related furloughs. But now that President Barack Obama has voluntarily taken a 5 percent pay cut, odds are many of the people he appointed to their jobs will also follow suit. So what do rank-and-file federal employees think? Check out Senior Correspondent Mike Causey's column for more.

Tuesday - 04/16/2013, 02:00am EDT

Intel community seeks to protect workforce from sequestration's impact

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, said the 17-agency community is trying not to repeat lessons of past cuts that hampered analytical capabilities. Clapper also issued a new IC-wide code of ethics and made a key change to the security clearance form.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 05:55am EDT

White House asst. chef says he will be furloughed

Assistant chef Sam Kass, who cooks dinner for President Barack Obama several nights a week, said Tuesday that he will be furloughed as part of across-the-board budget cuts that went into effect in March.

Wednesday - 04/10/2013, 03:06am EDT

Full-time EPA employees face 32 furlough hours

Craig E. Hooks, assistant administrator at EPA's Office of Administration and Resources, sent an email to all agency employees describing the agency's furlough plans. Full-time employees will be furloughed for 32 hours during the first phase of EPA's furlough process.

Friday - 04/05/2013, 06:23am EDT

Sequestration hits us all (and I do mean all)

When it comes to the perils of sequestration, it appears that federal workers are all over the place, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. Some say it's just another political fire drill, while others say this time for sure. Been-there-done-that workers say this too shall pass. But paycheck to paycheck people say furloughs could wreck their financial lives. So, where are you in all this?

Friday - 04/05/2013, 02:00am EDT

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

Beyond the Beltway worries

In wonkier parts of the Washington area, the talk of the town is about fiscal cliffs and sequestration followed by sex and the Redskins, not necessarily in that order. But beyond the Beltway, folks seem to have a firmer grip on what's important, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/23/2012, 02:00am EDT
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