Thursday – 2/13/2014, 12:36pm EST
Agencies will not face any budget cuts from sequestration this year.
The Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a Feb. 7 report that it estimates the enacted fiscal 2014 discretionary appropriations are within the spending limits under the Budget Control Act.
The Balanced Budget and Emergency Deficit Control Act of 1985 requires OMB to issue a report to Congress 15 days after appropriations bills are signed into law detailing any spending limits that are more than the allowed caps and would trigger across-the-board cuts. Continue reading “OMB tells Congress sequestration cuts aren’t needed in 2014”
As the budget conference committee continues to work toward an agreement that would set spending levels for the remainder of this fiscal year and fiscal 2015, House Republicans are contemplating a fallback plan: a short-term continuing resolution that would fund the government through April 15 and buy budget negotiators more time to strike a long-term deal.
According to multiple lawmakers familiar with the situation, budget negotiators in both parties are hopeful that the foundation for a long-term deal could be laid in December. But the details almost certainly won’t be solidified before Dec. 13, the deadline for the conference committee to report an agreement—and the day lawmakers leave town for the holiday recess.
At the same time, the current government-funding bill expires Jan. 15, and House members don’t return to Washington until Jan. 7.
Continue reading “House GOP Prepares Fallback Plan to Avoid January Shutdown”
USDA was able to avoid furloughing meat inspectors in 2013. Michael A. Mariant/AP file photo
Less severe cuts, deferred costs and temporary solutions mitigated sequestration’s effect in its inaugural year, but will not help lessen the impact in 2014, according to a new report.
The Center for American Progress, a liberal think tank, said the tactics federal agencies used to reduce furloughs in fiscal 2013 are, in many cases, no longer available. In fact, they will largely accentuate the severity of the cuts this time around.
For example, Congress allowed the Federal Aviation Administration to move funds from an account meant to provide maintenance to airports nationwide to avoid furloughs of air traffic controllers that would have delayed flights. Similar budgetary “gimmicks” were employed at the Agriculture Department to stave off furloughs of meat inspectors and by the Justice Department, which has already announced plans of 10 furlough days for FBI agents in 2014.
Continue reading “Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says”
The federal government is more than halfway through its fiscal 2013 sequester, and the first round of automatic cuts, scheduled to last seven months, have reached a high-point.
Agencies have reduced rental assistance for thousands of rural, low-income residents, emergency unemployment benefits have been trimmed, and hundreds of thousands of federal workers are being furloughed — although some of the projected impacts haven’t materialized. Continue reading “Federal workers: How are you dealing with the sequester?”