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What could possibly go wrong?

Having set up the sequestration system that will trigger draconian automatic spending cuts, both political parties now say it shouldn't happen, that furloughs would have a catastrophic impact on the economy, national defense, maybe even the weather So, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants t know: What does it look like from where you stand -- and work.

Tags: Mike Causey , pay and benefits , sequestration , furloughs

Thursday - 02/14/2013, 02:00am EST

With cuts looming, OPM advises agencies on 'planned' furloughs

OPM published a guide providing agency human-resources officials with more information about "administrative furloughs," which are different from those stemming from government shutdowns because agencies typically have more time to plan their spending reductions. The Obama administration has reassured reassured federal agencies that sequestration won't have an immediate impact on the federal workforce or day-to-day government operations.

Tags: OPM , budget , sequestration , fiscal cliff , furloughs , Jack Moore

Friday - 12/28/2012, 11:43am EST

Union president calls Senate fiscal cliff bill 'bad deal'

William R. Dougan, national president of the National Federation of Federal Employees, said Tuesday the Senate's fiscal cliff bill will lead to a political standoff that will leave federal employees with an uncertain future.

Tags: William Dougan , NFFE , fiscal cliff , sequestration , Senate , budget , Congress , Michael OConnell

Tuesday - 01/01/2013, 05:01pm EST

Pentagon orders planning for civilian furloughs, other cutbacks

Defense Deputy Secretary Ashton Carter told DoD components Thursday to draw up plans for full-year continuing resolution, plus sequestration. The approach to deal with across-the-board cuts would be to freeze civilian hiring, cut training, travel and conferences and reduce business technology expenditures.

Tags: DoD , Congress , DoD budget , sequestration , Ashton Carter , Martin Dempsey , furloughs , AFGE , Jacqueline Simon , Jared Serbu , Leon Panetta

Friday - 01/11/2013, 05:42am EST
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Furloughs: This may not be a drill

Inside the Beltway is crisis central. The media must report 24/7 and, during the fiscal cliff showdown, they did. But while earlier stories also included a lot of eye-rolling, could the latest sequestration crisis mean it's "this time for sure?"

Tags: sequestration , Congress , pay and benefits , Mike Causey , Federal Report

Monday - 01/14/2013, 02:00am EST

Air Force's sequestration hit would mean less of everything

Air Force commanders will get orders in the next few days to plan for the possibility of fewer flying hours, providing fewer office supplies and working on fewer IT upgrades. Part of the service's planning will be to figure out how many civilian workers would need to be furloughed and for how long.

Tags: DoD , Congress , sequestration , Air Force , Michael Donley , Mark Welsh , Leon Panetta , Jared Serbu , furloughs

Monday - 01/14/2013, 05:19am EST
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Dude, R U essential or expendable?

Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Is your job essential, emergency or mission-critical, and what does that mean? What would happen if you or your agency are told to turn out the lights and go home?

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , Congress , sequestration

Tuesday - 01/15/2013, 02:00am EST

Furloughs or fire drills?

Like Hollywood superheroes, federal workers managed to escape going over the fiscal cliff. But coming up in this regular mini-series is a possible shutdown because of the White House-Congress fight over the debt limit. If you survive that, there is the sequestration time bomb that is ticking and due to go off in March. Other than that, have a nice day.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , sequestration , budget , Congress

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 02:00am EST

Begin saving cash now, Air Force tells commanders

The Air Force orders commanders to start cutbacks in advance of the next budget emergency.

Tags: DoD , Air Force , Navy , Jamie Morin , Ray Mabus , Jonathan Greenert , budget , DoD budget , sequestration , continuing resolution , civilian workforce , Jared Serbu

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 11:08am EST
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Furlough-proof your retirement

Members of the House of Representatives who think their congressional districts are the polar opposite of Washington, D.C., would be wise run the numbers before they start slashing the pay of "bloated bureaucrats" and contractors who make up a big portion of their voting-age workforce, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tags: Mike Causey , Federal Report , pay and benefits , furloughs

Friday - 02/08/2013, 02:00am EST
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