No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown

No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Published: September 27 at 4:40 pm

The Labor Department headquarters, one of many federal buildings full of federal employees who aren't talking about the shutdown. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty).

The 2 million federal employees who work for the world’s oldest democracy may have a lot to say about how Washington’s potential government shutdown could affect their lives and livelihoods.

They just aren’t allowed to say it.

Federal workers have been told not to discuss the possible shutdown with the media. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty) Continue reading “No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown”

Office of Management and Budget Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Guidance





May 29,2013



FROM: Sylvia M. Bur, Director

SUBJECT: Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Guidance

We are continuing to work through a challenging period of budgeting. 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. 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.

The 2014 Budget included such a balanced approach, with more than enough deficit reduction to cancel sequestration and restore discretionary funding to levels agreed to in the bipartisan Budget Control Act. The 2015 Budget should continue to build on the President’s plan, by reducing spending on lower priority programs in order to create room for effective investments in areas critical to economic growth and job creation, including education, innovation, infrastructure, and research and development. In addition, particularly in these challenging fiscal times, more effective management strategies will be an important component of our overall approach to efficient and responsible budgeting. While I expect this to be another challenging budget year, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) looks forward to working closely with the agencies to make the hard decisions that are necessary to reduce the deficit while investing in critical priorities. Continue reading “Office of Management and Budget Fiscal Year 2015 Budget Guidance”

Most Fed Bonuses Forbidden Under Sequestration

Most Fed Bonuses Forbidden Under Sequestration

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Most awards and bonuses given to federal employees would be canceled indefinitely under sequestration, according to a new White House memo.

The Office of Management and Budget guidance said “discretionary monetary awards to employees should occur only if legally required until further notice.” OMB released the memo as $85 billion in automatic, across-the-board fiscal 2013 budget cuts were set to begin taking effect. Continue reading “Most Fed Bonuses Forbidden Under Sequestration”