Agencies Again Must Come Up With 5 Percent in Spending Cuts

Agencies Again Must Come Up With 5 Percent in Spending Cuts

Sylvia Burwell said she is working with the president to "replace sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction plan."Sylvia Burwell said she is working with the president to “replace sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction plan.” Carolyn Kaster/AP

Newly installed White House budget director Sylvia Burwell on Wednesday instructed all agency heads to prepare for a 5 percent spending reduction in budget submissions for fiscal 2015, on top of the 5 percent cuts already planned for the yet-to-be enacted fiscal 2014 budget.

“We have not had the regular order budgeting process that we would prefer, and I understand the compounding challenges that agencies face in continuing to provide vital services and protect mission in an environment of sequestration,” she wrote in a memo dated May 29. “These challenges have only increased the president’s resolve to work with Congress on restoring regular order and replacing sequestration with a balanced deficit reduction plan of additional spending cuts and sensible entitlement reforms coupled with revenue from tax reform.” Continue reading “Agencies Again Must Come Up With 5 Percent in Spending Cuts”

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