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Civilian Agency Sequestration News

NTEU:CBP furloughs could put nation at risk, create hardships for employees

The National Treasury Employees Union was informed by Customs and Border Protection that agency-wide furlough notices of up to 14 days will be issued in mid-March as a result of sequestration. CBP told NTEU that it will have to make $754 million in cuts from March 1 through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year.

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 06:52am EST

What if we sequester and nobody notices?

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.

Thursday - 02/21/2013, 02:00am EST

Sequestration and its impact on you

Washington attorney John Mahoney, and Federal Times writers Stephen Losey and Sean Reilly answer your questions about sequestration and furloughs.
February 20, 2013

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 08:04pm EST
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Sequestration Book: 50 Shades Greyer

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.

Wednesday - 02/20/2013, 02:00am EST

Obama presses GOP to halt automatic spending cuts

Obama presses GOP to avoid automatic spending cuts, warns that 'people will lose their jobs'

Tuesday - 02/19/2013, 05:02pm EST

Poll: Will sequestration actually happen?

Federal News Radio wants to know what you think. Will sequestration go into effect when the deadline hits on March 1?

Monday - 02/18/2013, 05:36pm EST

Furloughs pose pitfalls for managers, rank-and-file feds

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.

Monday - 02/18/2013, 04:31pm EST
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Sequestration causing planning headaches for agency managers

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.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 08:25pm EST

Clapper: Sequestration 'quite damaging' to national intelligence

James Clapper, the director of National Intelligence, tells Federal News Radio he's concerned about the effects of sequestration on the intelligence community.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 09:21am EST
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Furloughs? Or French-kissing feds?

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.

Friday - 02/15/2013, 02:00am EST

OMB to Congress: Sequestration impact 'real,' but furloughs not immediate

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.

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 05:50pm EST
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Sequestration, furloughs, federal pay raise, and more

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

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 07:34pm EST
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Employee unions march on Capitol Hill to stop sequestration

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.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 10:26am EST
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Asteroid strike, furloughs - it's always something

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.

Wednesday - 02/13/2013, 02:00am EST

Could cutting service contracts avert sequestration furloughs?

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.

Monday - 02/11/2013, 05:00pm EST
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Furlough follies: Gone but not forgotten

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?

Monday - 02/11/2013, 02:00am EST

White House outlines deep cuts it may have to make

Ramping up pressure on Congress, White House details looming 'self-inflicted' spending cuts

Saturday - 02/09/2013, 01:42pm EST

OMB details widespread furloughs, cuts to agency programs under sequestration

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.

Friday - 02/08/2013, 02:51pm EST
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GOP sequestration plan calls for reducing federal workforce

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.

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 04:40pm EST
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Furloughs vs. buyouts

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.

Wednesday - 02/06/2013, 02:00am EST
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