One Solution to Sequestration: Slash Tens of Thousands of Defense Jobs

One Solution to Sequestration: Slash Tens of Thousands of Defense Jobs

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The Defense Department could manage long-term budget cuts from sequestration by massively reducing its civilian workforce, according to teams of analysts from Washington-based think tanks.

The teams came up with their solutions to the across-the-board spending cuts during a shadow budget review organized by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments and held on Capitol Hill Wednesday afternoon. CSBA’s simulation directed the analysts to choose specific programs to maintain or cut based on full sequestration — a $522 billion budget reduction through fiscal 2023 — and about half that figure ($247 billion) in the same timeframe. Continue reading “One Solution to Sequestration: Slash Tens of Thousands of Defense Jobs”

Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April

Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April

 U.S. Controller Danny Werfel; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter prepare to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday.
U.S. Controller Danny Werfel; Education Secretary Arne Duncan; HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan; DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano; and Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter prepare to testify before a Senate committee on Thursday. Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call

Federal agencies will not furlough employees until April, should automatic budget cuts set to go into effect March 1 take place, an Obama administration official said Thursday.

Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel told the Senate Appropriations Committee that union negotiations would start on March 1, if sequestration hasn’t been averted, and federal employees would not receive furlough notices until mid-March. Continue reading “Sequestration Furloughs Won’t Begin Before April”

AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April

AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April

Jan. 25, 2013 – 03:57PM   |
By STEPHEN LOSEY   |   Comments

The Pentagon is planning to furlough hundreds of thousands of civilian employees beginning in April if a deal is not struck to avert sequestration, according to an Associated Press report.

The AP said that Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter told reporters Friday that if sequestration’s budget cuts go into effect as scheduled on March 1, employees will be furloughed one day per week between April and Sept. 30, the end of fiscal 2013. The AP reported that Carter said the furloughs would likely save $5 billion.

The Army also on Jan. 22 officially froze civilian hiring and ordered managers to lay off temporary employees and let term employees’ appointments lapse once they expire. Thomas Lamont, the Army’s assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs, said in a memo that day that the Army may not extend any job offers. Firm job offers extended before Jan. 22 will be honored as long as an entry-on-duty date had been set. Continue reading “AP: Sequestration means mass furloughs in April”