The Federal Eye: sequester


Posted at 03:56 PM ET, 11/04/2013

Limits on federal employee awards to continue

Federal agencies have been told to continue limiting performance awards and certain other forms of cash incentive payments.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:56 PM ET, 11/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  awards, bonuses, federal employees, sequester

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013

Cardin to hold sequester talk at Nuclear Regulatory Commission

The Maryland senator has called for an end to the automatic spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 08/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester talk

Posted at 04:05 PM ET, 08/19/2013

Spending cuts have grounded federal travel

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By Josh Hicks  |  04:05 PM ET, 08/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye catchers, sequester

Posted at 03:11 PM ET, 08/12/2013

Obama will exempt military personnel if sequester continues

The White House budget office said the president will shield military personnel if the cuts continue in 2014.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:11 PM ET, 08/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester 2014

Posted at 01:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013

Sequester furloughs avoided for Customs and Border Protection

The reprogramming plan also allows CBP to continue paying unexpected overtime cost for Border Patrol agents.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:46 PM ET, 06/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs, sequester; localsequester

Posted at 11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013

Second IRS closing day coming tomorrow

Most services will be unavailable as tax agency carries out second sequestration-caused furlough day.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:24 AM ET, 06/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  closing, furlough, irs, sequester

Posted at 02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2013

No furloughs for National Weather Service and rest of NOAA

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has cancelled plans to furlough its employees

By Steve Vogel  |  02:07 PM ET, 06/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs; tornadoes

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013

Sequester's toll on summer tourism

A Post graphic focuses on cuts at large national parks, as well as D.C. monuments and museums.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/24/2013

Post-ABC poll: Most Americans still disapprove of sequester

Polling data shows that 56 percent of Americans disapprove of the government-wide spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks and Scott Clement  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013

Furlough Days: Where do things stand?

Which agencies have placed employees on unpaid leave? How many reduced their furlough days?

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 02:05 PM ET, 04/30/2013

OPM cuts overtime and call-center hours for pension claims

OPM cuts overtime and call-center hours

By Josh Hicks  |  02:05 PM ET, 04/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester cuts

Posted at 12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2013

Sequester could hurt federal tax collections, IRS says

IRS Acting Commissioner Steven Miller told a House panel that the Treasurycould miss out on money taxpayers owe.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:42 PM ET, 04/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester impacts

Posted at 11:31 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Threat of sequester furloughs diminishing or gone for some agencies

The spending bill Congress approved last month has allowed some agencies to eliminate or reduce the number of days they expect to furlough employees under the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:31 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough days, furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013

Senators propose bipartisan bill to end FAA's controller furloughs

The legislation would allow the FAA to shift funds between accounts to end the furloughs that started Monday for air-traffic controllers.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013

Park Police furloughs begin as agency steps up visibility

Furloughs for U.S. Park Police employees began Sunday. The agency increased its presence at parks in response to the Boston Marathon bombings last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 04/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013

IRS sets five specific furlough dates

The agency's acting commissioner sent a memo informing employees of five dates for sequester furloughs.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:12 AM ET, 04/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 11:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013

NOAA plans to pair furloughs with federal holidays for extended weekends

NOAA joins a growing list of agencies planning some of their sequester furloughs around federal holidays.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:33 AM ET, 04/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs

Posted at 05:34 PM ET, 04/15/2013

National Weather Service and NOAA propose furloughs

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Monday proposed furloughing employees across the agency for four days.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:34 PM ET, 04/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 09:49 AM ET, 04/12/2013

Pentagon officials consider trimming sequester furloughs

Pentagon officials are trying to eliminate some or all furloughs that the Defense Department initially expected as a result of recent government-wide spending cuts, the AP reports.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:49 AM ET, 04/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Navy furloughs would hit 94 percent of workforce

The Navy will allow only limited exceptions from expected furloughs of civilian employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:06 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, Navy, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013

IRS may close around holidays to fulfill sequester furloughs

Union officials say the IRS may shut down entirely on certain days and pair its furloughs with federal holidays to create four-day weekends for affected employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:56 PM ET, 04/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  IRS furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 05:27 PM ET, 04/03/2013

First phase of EPA furloughs begins April 21

The EPA sent notices to employees that the agency would begin its first phase of unpaid leave in less than three weeks.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:27 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 04:31 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Sequester hits baseball Opening Day festivities

The military canceled at least three flyovers for Opening Day festivities at ballparks across the country.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:31 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  opening day, sequester

Posted at 03:26 PM ET, 04/01/2013

Outside-employment restrictions will still apply to furloughed federal workers

Furloughed federal employees will remain subject to restrictions on outside employment and other ethics policies.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:26 PM ET, 04/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  ethics, federal employees, furloughs, outside employment, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013

Capitol police close entrances due to sequester cuts

U.S. Capitol Police closed some entrances vehicular-access points for congressional offices to absorb its share of the government-wide spending cuts

By Josh Hicks  |  08:02 AM ET, 03/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 03/22/2013

FAA to close 149 contract towers due to sequester

The Federal Aviation Administration said it decided to close the towers beginning on April 7.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air traffic control, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013

Air Force sets policy for expected furloughs

Air Force policy on the expected furloughs of civilian employees allows for some discretion over who would be affected, but such exceptions would be rare and would have to be approved at high levels.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:16 PM ET, 03/22/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air force, federal employees, furloughs, overtime, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:16 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Army would allow few exceptions to furloughs

The Army plans to allow only narrow exceptions to furloughs of its civilian employees and would not put them on overtime nor shift work to contractors to make up for the lost work time.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:16 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Army, civilian employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2013

What's the deal with the Elijah Cummings furlough announcement?

The Maryland Democrat has refused to elaborate since announcing on Tuesday that he told his employees they would be furloughed.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:46 PM ET, 03/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 03/19/2013

Pay raise on way out, furloughs on way in

Congress is poised to close the door on the possibility of a federal employee pay raise while allowing furloughs to proceed.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:49 AM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, pay raise, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 03:42 PM ET, 03/18/2013

Federal-worker union plans Wednesday rally in D.C. to protest sequester

The Washington demonstration is part of 100 rallies the group plans to stage nationwide on March 20.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:42 PM ET, 03/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  day of protest, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2013

Senate rejects federal hiring freeze proposal

The Senate on Thursday rejected a proposal to bar the government from filling vacant positions not deemed essential.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:40 PM ET, 03/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal jobs, furloughs, hiring freeze, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013

White House budget office puts a number on its furloughs

An administration official reportedly put the number at 480 employees. The Office of Management and Budget sent furlough notices to its workers last week.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:49 AM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, localsequester, sequester

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 03/07/2013

FAA tells employees to expect 11 furlough days

The Federal Aviation Administration has told employees that they face 11 furlough days due to sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  air traffic controllers, FAA, Federal Aviation Administration, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:13 PM ET, 03/07/2013

How is the sequester affecting you?

The Washington Post is providing a forum for readers to share their experiences with the government-wide spending cuts.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:13 PM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester

Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 03/07/2013

Coburn questions continued hiring with furloughs pending

A key senator is questioning why federal agencies are continuing to hire when existing employees are facing unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:45 AM ET, 03/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, hiring, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 01:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013

Customs and Border Protection to issue furlough notices Thursday

The agency plans to furlough all employees for up to 14 days, according to internal communications.

By Josh Hicks  |  01:39 PM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Federal furloughs, furloughs, sequester

Posted at 11:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013

Army clarifies exceptions to hiring freeze

Job changes by current employees and hiring under placement programs still are allowed in some circumstances.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:30 AM ET, 03/06/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Army, federal employees, hiring freeze, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:28 PM ET, 03/05/2013

EPA warns employees of up to 13 furlough days

The agency will carry out the furlough in two phases, with employees required to take 32 unpaid hours in the first phase through June.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:28 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environmental protection agency, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:24 PM ET, 03/05/2013

What happens when the sequester meets a snowstorm?

Agencies don't expect the cuts to affect weather forecasting and disaster response in the near-term. The long run could be another story.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:24 PM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, snowquester

Posted at 10:31 AM ET, 03/05/2013

Furlough-caused financial problems could affect security clearances

Federal employees should take steps to protect their security clearances if furloughs cause them financial hardship, two defense agencies have said.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:31 AM ET, 03/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, security clearances, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013

Navy orders savings affecting employees, ships and more

The Navy has announced cutbacks that will affect its civilian employees and the deployment of ships, among other responses to sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:27 PM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough, hiring freeze, Navy, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 09:31 AM ET, 03/04/2013

State Department's no furloughs for now policy adds a variant on sequester's impact

The State Department has told its employees that it doesn't expect furloughs--at least not yet.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:31 AM ET, 03/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration, state department

Posted at 05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Cut wasteful and ineffective programs first, Issa tells agencies

A key House committee chairman says agencies should cut wasteful and duplicative programs before targeting other spending in sequestration.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:01 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government waste, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Alternatives to sequester could hit federal employees in other ways

While sequestration threatens widespread furloughs of federal employees, enactment of an alternative could amount to a case of pick your poison.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:00 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, retirement contributions, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:45 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Two agencies send early-bird furlough notices

Two federal agencies that formally notified their employees of possible furloughs even in advance of sequestration taking effect have warned of the potential for 14 and 22 unpaid days off.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:45 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furloughs, justice department, national labor relations board, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:14 PM ET, 03/01/2013

Sequester-deadline day: What's next?

A look at post-sequester issues and upcoming deadlines. How does this thing unfold?

By Josh Hicks  |  12:14 PM ET, 03/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester day

Posted at 01:07 PM ET, 02/28/2013

IRS will not furlough until after tax filing season

IRS will wait until after tax filing season before furloughing its workers, the agency's acting commissioner told employees Thursday.

By Steve Vogel  |  01:07 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester furloughs

Posted at 12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013

White House budget office issues more guidance on sequester

The OMB issued more instructions for handling furloughs, contracts, communications, acquisition and federal assistance.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:04 PM ET, 02/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester guidance

Posted at 12:21 PM ET, 02/27/2013

Fact Checker: Will airports see longer lines and more delays under sequester?

Fact Checker columnist Glenn Kessler examines the FAA's claims about how bad could air travel become.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:21 PM ET, 02/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester fact-check

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Obama administration continues heavy sequester drumbeat

During speeches today, the president, attorney general and Homeland Security secretary all painted an ominous picture of the sequester.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:47 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  localsequester, sequester, sequester warnings

Posted at 03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013

Many furlough appeals expected, but odds could be long

Large numbers of furloughed federal employees might appeal but the odds of winning would be against them.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:40 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  appeal rights, federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 05:46 PM ET, 02/21/2013

Cantor calls for increasing federal employee retirement contributions

House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.) on Thursday again called for replacing sequestration with changes including revisions to the federal employee retirement program.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:46 PM ET, 02/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, retirement contributions, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013

Prepare to be furloughed, Panetta tells Defense Department workers

The Defense Department on Wednesday told its nearly 800,000 civilian federal employees that should sequestration occur it will be forced to place the vast majority of them on unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:06 AM ET, 02/20/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 07:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013

Obama to urge sequester fix as deadline nears

The president will make his case during an appearance at the White House Tuesday morning.

By wpadmin  |  07:48 AM ET, 02/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequester

Posted at 11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013

Sequester could put employee TSP savings on furlough, too

Federal employees who lose income by being furloughed could end up with smaller retirement savings accounts.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:03 AM ET, 02/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 09:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013

House to vote this week on denying federal employees pay raise

Over the objections of the White House and unions, the House plans to vote on a bill to deny federal employees a 0.5 percent pay raise.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:54 AM ET, 02/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, federal pay, pay raise, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 04:53 PM ET, 02/13/2013

New warnings sounded on sequestration's impact

The automatic budget cutting set for March 1 would hamper the government's ability to protect the public in a range of areas, according to several warnings that were sounded Wednesday.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:53 PM ET, 02/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  department of homeland security, federal employees, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 11:15 AM ET, 02/05/2013

Another look at what Simpson-Bowles would mean for federal workers

A proposal up for a House vote could set the stage for using the Simpson-Bowles Commission's budget-balancing recommendations.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:15 AM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, sequester, simpson-bowles

Posted at 11:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013

Few Army employees would escape furloughs

The Army is allowing only limited exceptions to its hiring freeze now underway, while few current employees would escape unpaid furloughs if sequestration hits.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:26 AM ET, 01/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  Army, federal employees, furloughs, sequester, sequestration

Posted at 12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012

Employee groups happy but say threat of cuts remains

Several organizations representing federal employees say they consider Tuesdays election results to be a rejection of budgetary proposals targeting federal jobs, pay and benefits, but they also say that such threats continue.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:24 PM ET, 11/07/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  election, federal employees, federal pay raise, sequester