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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

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

Feds at IRS, Social Security, TSA face dangerous heat...

If there is a partial shutdown of government services, now or later, politicians will blame each other. But the big losers will be federal workers in IRS and Social Security offices, and TSA screeners at airports who are going to take the heat, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 02:00am EST

Obama signs sequestration order; what's next for feds?

Sequestration is officially a reality for federal employees and agencies. President Barack Obama signed the sequestration order into effect Friday night. After more than 15 months, fierce debate and a delay at the beginning of the year, the $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board budget cuts are officially here. Find out what steps civilian agencies and the Pentagon are taking, including employee furloughs. Plus find out what comes next in terms of negotiations between the White House and Congress.

Friday - 03/01/2013, 12:00am EST

SSA, IRS take different paths on sequestration furloughs

The Internal Revenue Service and the Social Security Administration two of the largest federal agencies with very public missions are taking divergent paths when it comes to dealing with the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts known as sequestration. IRS says it is planning for five to seven furloughs days, while SSA says it hopes to forego furloughs through alternative savings.

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 06:25pm EST

DHS official retires after immigrants are freed

APNewsBreak: Homeland Security official retires after illegal immigrants freed over cuts

Thursday - 02/28/2013, 01:58am EST

Coast Guard: Budget cuts to limit flights, patrols

Coast Guard commandant says automatic spending cuts would mean fewer flight hours, sea patrols

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 01:10pm EST

Before furloughs, agencies must negotiate terms with unions

Customs and Border Protection became one of the first civilian agencies to notify the union that represents their employees that they want to begin discussing the implementation of furloughs under sequestration. NTEU and AFGE expect to hear from more agencies in the next two weeks if cuts from sequestration go into effect March 1.

Wednesday - 02/27/2013, 06:36am EST
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Feds sound off on sequestration impact

Federal workers are sounding off about how sequestration, the across-the-board budget cuts slated to kick in Friday, will impact their jobs and their families. The Federal Workers Alliance, a conglomeration of 20 federal-employee unions, has launched a message board to allow feds to share their concerns and to put a human face on the cuts.

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 02:57pm EST

Salazar: Thousands of Interior workers imperiled

Interior secretary says budget cuts imperil thousands of department's workers

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 04:20am EST

Sequester: Bombshell or burp?

We've got another week, at least, of hair-pulling news and analysis about sequestration, federal furloughs and the like. So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know, is this going to be the bombshell critics claim or as harmless as a burp in church?

Tuesday - 02/26/2013, 02:00am EST

Coburn calls for partial federal job freeze as sequestration nears

The Republican senator from Oklahoma is asking the Office of Management and Budget to require agencies to stop hiring for certain positions. Instead, he would like that funding put towards mission critical jobs that could be affected by sequestration cuts. Coburn, the ranking member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, found 10 jobs listed on USAJobs.gov that he believes could be frozen. He says this would give agencies $1.4 million to spend on positions like border security officers and TSA screeners.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 03:03pm EST

OMB, agencies still crunching sequestration-related furlough numbers for non-DoD civilians

The White House released its estimate on the impact of cuts from sequestration would have on each state and the District of Columbia. OMB's Danny Werfel said they still are obtaining clarity on the impact $85 billion in cuts would have on each agency.

Monday - 02/25/2013, 05:29am EST

Obama administration: Cuts to cause flight delays

Obama administration: Spending cuts will cause flight delays

Friday - 02/22/2013, 05:14pm EST

SBA head: Agency will avoid major blow from cuts

SBA head Mills says agency operations unlikely to be drastically hurt by automatic budget cuts

Friday - 02/22/2013, 04:50pm EST

Union: EPA plans agencywide furlough days under sequestration

The Environmental Protection Agency is planning at least three agencywide mandatory furlough days through the end of the fiscal year if sequestration goes into effect, according to union officials who say they were briefed on agency plans. EPA also will implement employee furloughs in two phases, according to John J. O'Grady, the president of AFGE Local 704, which covers the Chicago region.

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 05:36pm EST
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