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  • First FAA, now Customs and Boarder Patrol
    Lisa Lisa
    We were just sent a notification from our travel agent (via from the cruiseline) to expect extensive delays from US Customs. I am glad this is happening. People who have been chanting for smaller govt and to let this sequestration happen will start to see ramifications in their every day lives. The republicans wanted this so be it. What the dingleberries overlooked is that there was no true plan when it actually took place. They just took their sharpees and said CUT HERE even though they didnt have a clue about impacts to each agency (see FAA controllers). Now we see some backpeddling-which I knew would happen. Why? Because all of a sudden it was affecting people (and most likely Mr Politician who had to wait extra time in line at an airport followed by more waiting for flight delays). So for that, I am glad its happening-they need to be accountable for their inept actions. They did this as another "anything to defy the president". I can only hope the next Congress looks a lot different from the last 2 moving forward.
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  • Pure...
    Mc
    Genius. And its geniuses like you that vote for people who borrow half of their daily expenditures. Both parties spent us into this debt hell. You probably have no idea what credit default swaps (CDS) are, do you little honey? There are over 300 trillion dollars of CDS. You'll understand a bit more here very soon, but I'm betting you'll be convinced by the media that its the tea party's fault. Even though they only pointed out that the Federal Reserve is printing up over 85 billion PER MONTH to buy MBS (mortgage back securities) and treasuries. Facts are difficult things. Gosh darn them ol repubs, if only they would just borrow more money and go DEEPER into debt and that would solve EVERYthing.
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  • Still waiting on ...
    FERS Fed
    ...that US debt default you've been predicting for the last year or so, McGyver. Ditto that US debt downgrade to junk status, too. ..... And 'little honey'? Could you be any more condescending?
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  • 85 billion per month?
    marxwj
    Sounds like the unbudgeted expense of fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. When the last President was in office, this was simply the cost of doing business in a violent world. Now it is the beginning of the end of the world. Even if this is a real number, it isn't particularly large for an economy like ours. Maybe you need to gain a sense of proportion, or go take a course in economics.
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  • No. it is "geniuses like you.
    Moderate
    It is "geniuses like you who take from the middle class and transfer the money to the wealthy that will kill the economy. And where did you get 1/2 of the expenditures? AQlso, the fouling up of the economy by George Bush and the Republicans is the reason that we need the stimulus to bring us out of your friends' mess. Hopefully, we will get prosperity and surpluses. And I did not need the media to place the blame on the tea party and their ilk.
    worker
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  • What Fed in their right mind is going on a cruise this year?
    contrarian
    You must be dual income with private sector. With my 8% pay cut I've got no money for luxuries. You might need that cruise money for your kids' college education. Get Frugal people!
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  • are you seriously
    joeschmuckatelli
    looking for sympathy because your CRUISE is being impacted by sequestration?? Is a CRUISE what was once known by many as a vacation? From work? Many many people that pay for your generous salary do not have a JOB to pay the taxes for your VACATION, in which you are being so inconveienced. Hate to say it Lisa, your blind selfishness make me sick. Shut up and be thankful that you have such a wonderful job which you can take a "vacation" from.
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  • Politics
    Mc
    The sequester is used by agencies to hurt the public as much as possible. That's why Obomba didn't want the agencies to have the ability to move the cuts to where there was real waste. Both parties, on the other hand, don't want any cuts to the military industrial machine. If you spend 10 billion dollars per day and yet you borrow 4.8 of that every day, you have a real problem. And it isn't the sequester. The sequester is that first little riffle in the water you see when you first begin to enter river rapids, and at the same time, begin to hear the loud roar of Niagara Falls (fools) just up ahead.
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  • Your politics
    Moderate
    No mc. The sequester is caused by those legislators who do not want to appropriate enough money to run the government. The agencies are forced to do the sequester as efficiently as possible.
    worker
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  • Re: IRS  (Flagged as Abuse)
    GetOffYour Butts
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  • GetOffYourButts
    Revenue Agent
    Read the article! There were not 90,000 notices sent - most employees were notified via e-mail or at work, if possible. Also, if you had read previous news articles you would realize that the USPS did not even bid for government contracts for overnight mail because they didn't want to guarantee a certain percentage of the deliveries would actually arrive the next day.
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  • Missing the point
    MichaelF
    It does not matter how many notices were mailed. They could have saved all that money simply by delivering the notices to each employee at their desk.
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  • That doesn't do much good
    wisenekt
    if the employee is on leave. The law says the employee has to be notified which means they have to see the notice. If someone is on leave, they they aren't going to see an email or something at their desk.
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  • Leave smeave
    Mr Ed
    Listen - as an employment requirement they have my work e-mail, my home e-mail, my work phone, my home phone, my cell phone so if there are emergencies be it furlough related or more disasterous related, they can find me. The day of the notification, my boss was REQUIRED to get confirmation from all his employees that we recieve the notifications. So LEAVE does not even play a factor, but nice try. Try the dog ate it next time.
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  • With all the legal challenges coming
    wisenekt
    they have to do everything that they can to ensure that everyone has a copy when they need to. Not everyone has email at home and just because you call someone doesn't mean that they can read the letter. There are also other people out there that keep the letter of the law and don't do free work for the government. Also, I would say furlough is not an emergency, it is the result of the lawmakers and their failure to do their job. "Lack of planning on your part does not constitue an emergency on my part."
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  • ?????
    MichaelF
    If an employee is on leave because he is on vacation, what good would mailing a letter do? He will not see the letter until he gets back home. But your response does not consider the majority of employees who are not on leave. You still can easily deliver the letter to them at their desk.
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  • The article said Most IRS employees were notified by e-mail or at work.
    Jerry A.
    Did the author and several other people type too fast for your reading speed, MichaelF? Need someone to read it to you? You are not getting the message.
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  • That doesn't do much good?
    JVopheikens
    You guys ever heard of a telephone? I've been using them since 1978. They're great for sending a message, or notifying a person of news.
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  • Requirements
    Moderate
    Is there a labor lawyer here? The IRS must be able to prove that it notified an employee. Calling on the phone may not be valid proof. An employee on leave has not been notified. And where does the Mr. Ed get the idea that one must give the employer all of that stuff. I have a work phone. I do not have a work cell phone. It is not mandatory. I have a landline home phone. My employer has that number. I am not required to give my home email nor my wife's cell phone. I will not give my wife's cell phone because a previous manager would abuse it if I did. I was notified by email and confirmed it as soon as I read it.
    worker
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  • Nice exageration
    marxwj
    90%+ of IRS workers have IRS email accounts. Of the rest, probably 90% were in the office that week and would have gotten a hard copy from their boss. The article implies that the rest were notified by mail from DC, but DC wouldn't have known who was on leave that week. More likely they got their letters in the mail from the local IRS office, not from DC. You are likely talking less than 900 letter in total at a cost of less than $18,000. Not much, but still a stupid waste of money.
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  • IRS..
    Getting_FED_Up
    Getoffyourbutts you need to learn to read. most of the 90,000 employees at the IRS received their notices via email. Only a few had to be sent out Certified and it was from their Office that they work in to their home address.. the $36 cost was only an "example" of what it would cost from one place to another which is unrealistic. I was out the day the "email" notices were sent so my manager called me and asked for my home email addy.
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  • IRS
    Lifer
    The cost of $36 is overnight mail if there isn't a group contract. I can assure you the IRS has a group contract which would make the cost per mailing closer to $10. It's amazing to me how other government employees have so much venom towards the IRS. The only reason I can think of is that they must have problems with the IRS on a personal level. We do have customer service reps that can help you with any issues you may have such as payment plans, estimated tax payments, etc. With the way feds go at each other on this blog, Congress and the rest of the citizens of this country really don't have to do anything. Just throw a fed in the ring and let the rest of the feds beat the crap out of us. Cool. (That's sarcasm for those of you that will think I really mean "cool".) Have a great day all of my fellow feds!
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  • More than just shipping costs
    Maryland Mom
    I've said it before, I've spent probably 30% of my work time from October 2012 through March 2013 on Sequiestration and Continuing Resolution activities. I could have done actual work, but I had to deal with the what-ifs that become reality when a budget for FY13 didn't get approved until late March, and sequestration crept up. The planning an execution of a furlough is costing taxpayers a load of money.
    Beach Mum
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  • QYC!
    FERS Fed
    Practice what you preach
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  • Not Crying or Complaining
    Maryland Mom
    Just stating the facts. Furlough is an extra day at the beach for me. I plan ahead.
    Beach Mum
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  • Tip of Iceberg
    Xfed
    You get it! Think about all of the meetings and discussions each agency has held regarding planning and implementing furloughs. Unfortunately, the accountants usually can't quantify work not getting done, and the politicians don't care. Any money saved through furloughs will pale in comparison to the costs of lost productivity and employee morale. And the stupidity goes on.
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  • What a waste
    Moderate
    I agree with you Md Mom and Xfed. A total waste. Blame the politicians for not being able to come to an agreement.
    worker
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  • Call Your Congressman
    jst
    Everyone, call your congress representatvie and let them know your displeasure. Someone should get "FIRED" over this. This cost the taxpayer money that should have never happened. As a matter of fact, the SES who made this decision should not only get "FIRED" but be made to pay back some of the cost to the taxpayer. This is totally rediculous and it is time for accountability and making examples out of those who chose to do stupid things like this. This is a case of "Waist, Fraud, and Abuse" if there ever was one. Some official must pay for this reckless act.
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  • Congress is Exempt
    marxwj
    Congress caused this and they are exempt from "Waste, Fraud, and Abuse" as well as most other regulations. Even when they are covered by the law, law enforcement is barred from directly investigating them in many ways.
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