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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

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

USDA seeks authority to transfer funds to offset sequestration cuts

Agriculture Department Secretary Tom Vilsack can move money in-between accounts within the same bureau, but not across the agency under a special provision called Interchange Authority. Vilsack has officially asked Congress for use of that authority in an effort to stunt the negative effects of sequestration at his agency. At at recent House hearing, Republican lawmakers questioned why more agencies haven't movasked Congress for similar permission.

Wednesday - 03/20/2013, 05:51am EDT
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Sequestration cuts force GSA to cancel two more conferences

The annual SmartPay and FedForum conferences have been canceled this year due to cuts to agency travel and training budgets under sequestration.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 03:30pm EDT

Send us your sequestration rally photos

Federal News Radio wants photos from the National Day of Protest rallies being held in your cities on March 20.

Monday - 03/18/2013, 03:00pm EDT

Not tonight honey - I feel a headache coming on!

Suppose your significant other announced that, due to sequestration, romance would be out of the question starting in April. That, in effect, is how many federal agencies are reacting as they roll out furlough notices and service cutbacks as part of the budgetary (and political) process, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Agencies suffering reductions in services even before furloughs occur

Employees at TSA, CBP and Bureau of Prisons will no longer be able to work overtime. SSA offers its employees a new round of early retirements to deal with budget shortfalls. AFGE continues to press Congress, White House to stop sequestration.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 05:26am EDT
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USDA suspends some ag reports due to budget cuts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's statistical arm said it won't issue some agricultural reports this year because of automatic federal budget cuts, alarming some in the dairy industry who fear the information void could wreak havoc with milk prices.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 04:10am EDT

Putting your worst foot forward: When bad is good

Now that sequestration is here, normally upbeat federal agencies are putting their worst foot forward, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. The mantra is unhappy days are here again. They are telling people what they won't be able to do for them, the services they will be missing and how things can only get worse.

Thursday - 03/14/2013, 02:00am EDT

Intelligence chief: Budget cuts risk US security

The top U.S. intelligence chief says that budget cuts have jeopardized America's security and safety -- and will only get worse over time.

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 11:50am EDT

Sequestration to force HUD to shut down for 7 days

The Department of Housing and Urban Development will furlough all 9,000 of its employees for seven days between May and August in a bid to reduce costs due to sequestration. All employees, including career employees, will be furloughed the same number of days, which will effectively result in a shutdown of the department on those days.

Tuesday - 03/12/2013, 02:48pm EDT

CBP issues tens of thousands of furlough notices

In order to counter funding reductions due to sequestration, Customs and Border Protection has begun sending furlough notices to many of its 60,000 employees. An officer in the union representing CBP agents says these measures amount to a 40 percent reduction in salaries.

Friday - 03/08/2013, 12:35pm EST
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Farenthold bill offers way to stop sequestration-related furloughs

The Protecting America's Civilian Employees Act would require the Office of Management and Budget to submit a plan to Congress on how they would cut spending without harming the federal workforce.

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 11:22am EST

Furloughs: Vacation or hard time?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey asks: If furloughs come to your agency, will you treat them like a surprise budget vacation, or would that 20 percent per week pay cut put you under water? And is there a place where you can get an emergency, no-interest loan?

Thursday - 03/07/2013, 02:00am EST

House spending bill prevents shutdown, extends pay freeze

The House has approved legislation to prevent a government shutdown at the end of the month, freeze federal pay for a third straight year and give the Defense Department some relief from a cash crunch caused by sequestration. The huge spending measure, which was passed on a 267-151 vote, would fund federal operations through September. It leaves in place automatic cuts of 5 percent to domestic agencies and 7.8 percent to the Pentagon ordered by President Barack Obama Friday night after months of battling Republicans over the budget.

Wednesday - 03/06/2013, 04:34pm EST

As sequestration cuts loom, unimplemented IG recommendations could save billions

Over the past few years, unimplemented agency inspector general recommendations that could potentially save the government billions of dollars have piled up. Now, with $85 billion in automatic budget cuts kicking in, lawmakers on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee are telling agencies there's no excuse for them to further delay implementing the cost-saving measures and best practices identified by their IGs.

Tuesday - 03/05/2013, 08:18pm EST

New OMB report lacks details on sequestration cuts

A report released by the White House to detail automatic budget cuts details reductions only down to the budget account level -- not to the more granular program, project and activity level and varies in the level of detail describing cuts to specific agency budgets.

Monday - 03/04/2013, 05:23pm EST

Furloughs and your TSP account

Now that you've been sequestered and set up for possible furloughs, what else could go wrong? A one-day-a-week furlough means a 20 percent pay cut for that week, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey explains. So what is the impact, if any, on your Thrift Savings Plan contributions and the matching contributions you get from your agency?

Monday - 03/04/2013, 02:00am EST

Issa asks agencies for alternative sequestration cuts

The chairman of the Oversight and Government Reform Committee wrote to 17 agencies requesting short-term ways to achieve savings instead of the across-the-board cuts expected to start today.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 06:33pm EST

DOE: Budget cuts may slow nuclear waste cleanup

Energy Department says budget cuts could delay cleanup at highest-risk nuclear sites

Friday - 03/01/2013, 01:18pm EST

FDA Commissioner: budget cuts mean less safe food

FDA Commissioner Hamburg says budget cuts mean fewer inspections, less safe food

Friday - 03/01/2013, 11:38am EST
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