The Federal Eye: sequestration


Posted at 03:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013

DoD allows leave substitution for excess furlough days

Pentagon allows employees who took off too much unpaid time to substitute paid leave.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:29 PM ET, 09/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013

Merit board resumes action on furlough appeals

Merit board resumes processing of furlough appeals

By Lisa Rein  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013

Pentagon allows few exceptions to limits on employee awards

Pentagon imposes tight limits on performance payments and other incentives for its civilian workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:02 AM ET, 08/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  awards, defense department, federal employees, sequestration

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 08/09/2013

Rise in TSP loans, withdrawals accompanies furloughs

Federal employees have taken increasing numbers of loans and withdrawals from their retirement savings accounts in recent months.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:35 PM ET, 08/09/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, loans, sequestration, Thrift Savings Plan, withdrawals

Posted at 01:30 PM ET, 07/25/2013

Employee groups seek immediate end to DoD furloughs

Employee groups are calling on Congress to stop furloughs of DoD employees now rather than waiting until fall.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:30 PM ET, 07/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 10:21 AM ET, 07/24/2013

House acts to block DoD furloughs, but not right away

The House late on Tuesday voted to stop furloughs of defense civilian employees but the language wouldn't take effect until October.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:21 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense department, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013

Public defenders say sequester is hurting poor clients

Public defenders and their advocates told a Senate panel that sequestration is causing havoc for indigent clients.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 07/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013

Army exempts some training from hiring freeze

Employees who leave their jobs for developmental programs can be rehired.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:56 AM ET, 06/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, sequestration

Posted at 04:06 PM ET, 05/29/2013

EPA cuts projected number of furlough days

After scrubbing budget, environmental agency reduces sequestration-triggered unpaid days off to just below seven.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:06 PM ET, 05/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  environmental protection agency, epa, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 01:18 PM ET, 05/24/2013

Furloughs to end for U.S. Park Police, Park Service director says

The U.S. Park Police will discontinue furloughs forced by sequestration as the summer tourist season gets underway

By Lisa Rein  |  01:18 PM ET, 05/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013

Memorial Day parade loses sponsors; organizers cite federal budget cuts

Organizers have pledged to kick off the May 27 celebration near the National Mall with a scaled-down event.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:01 AM ET, 05/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013

IRS employees to protest furloughs in New York

The IRS will close on several days while budget cuts for employees to take furloughs.

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 05/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, sequestration

Posted at 03:04 PM ET, 04/24/2013

EPA employees hit with up to 10 furlough days; less than anticipated

Acting EPA chief tells employees they will have to take about 10 furlough days before Sept. 30, fewer than anticipated.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:04 PM ET, 04/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 02:11 PM ET, 04/23/2013

Congressional leaders press for end to furloughs

Congressional leaders are pressing the FAA to find money in its budget to stop furloughs of air-traffic controllers

By Lisa Rein  |  02:11 PM ET, 04/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 05:24 PM ET, 04/16/2013

Exceptions from furloughs proposed

A Senate bill would exempt from furloughs federal employees in public safety-related jobs.

By Eric Yoder  |  05:24 PM ET, 04/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  essential jobs, federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

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 03:09 PM ET, 04/08/2013

Sequester means 11 percent cut in unemployment benefits

The sequester's effect on unemployment insurance is highlighted in a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:09 PM ET, 04/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 02:42 PM ET, 04/05/2013

FAA to delay closure of airport towers due to legal challenges

FAA says it will delay planned closures of 149 air control towers

By Lisa Rein  |  02:42 PM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 10:20 AM ET, 04/05/2013

OMB clamps down on federal employee awards

The White House has limited the payment of monetary awards and incentives to federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:20 AM ET, 04/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  employee awards, employee incentives, federal employees, furlough, OMB, sequestration

Posted at 02:19 PM ET, 04/03/2013

Federal worker employs Peeps to portray upcoming furloughs

An EPA employee designed a button featuring Peeps, the marshmallow confection, to show furloughs' at his agency.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:19 PM ET, 04/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

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 08:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013

Defense Department reduces furlough days to 14

Pentagon officials have decided to reduce planned civilian furlough days to 14 from 22.

By Lisa Rein  |  08:34 AM ET, 03/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

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 02:33 PM ET, 03/21/2013

Defense Department to delay furlough notices

Defense Department tells about 800,000 civilian employees it will delay decision on furloughs for two weeks.

By Lisa Rein  |  02:33 PM ET, 03/21/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013

Federal downsizing can degrade services, workers coalition says

Shrinking the federal workforce does not necessarily save money but it can degrade government services to the public, a report says.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:30 PM ET, 03/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  attrition, federal employees, government reinvention, hiring freeze, sequestration

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 03:40 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 09:36 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Furloughs and federal pay at stake in dueling budget plans

Senate Democrats on Wednesday released a budget plan that does not target federal employee compensation but does seek to replace spending cuts with unpaid furloughs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:36 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, furloughs, pay freeze, sequestration

Posted at 01:22 PM ET, 03/13/2013

Congress takes up federal employee pay, retirement proposals

Both sides of the Capitol on Wednesday took up budget measures with provisions of direct importance to federal employee pocketbooks.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:22 PM ET, 03/13/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  budget, federal employees, pay freeze, retirement contributions, sequestration

Posted at 03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2013

National Archives to reduce hours to cover sequester cuts

The National Archives announced this week that effective Friday, its record rooms for researchers and exhibits of the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights, Declaration of Independence and other famous documents will be open fewer hours to the public.

By Lisa Rein  |  03:39 PM ET, 03/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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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 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 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 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 05:57 PM ET, 02/26/2013

GOP lawmakers question necessity of FAA furloughs

Two GOP lawmakers demand that Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood give them details of the FAA's plan for budget cuts under sequestration

By Lisa Rein  |  05:57 PM ET, 02/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

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 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 12:42 PM ET, 02/12/2013

Senior military leaders warn cuts are dire threat to defense at dangerous time

Senior Defense officials warned Congress Tuesday that the looming sequestration cuts represents a dire and unprecedented threat to the U.S. military, harming everything from combat readiness to aircraft maintenance to efforts to reduce military suicide.

By Steve Vogel  |  12:42 PM ET, 02/12/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  sequestration

Posted at 12:43 PM ET, 02/07/2013

On furloughs, the details are negotiable

Details of furloughs for federal employees would be subject to bargaining with unions, and one leading union is preparing to do just that.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:43 PM ET, 02/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, sequestration

Posted at 02:36 PM ET, 02/05/2013

Video | Obama calls for another sequester delay

President Obama on Tuesday called on Congress to find budget cuts and tax changes to delay the sequester for a few more months until Congress finds a smarter solution.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:36 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 02/05/2013

President Obama to propose plan for delaying sequester again

The president is expected to make an announcement Tuesday afternoon proposing tax changes and spending cuts that would delay the automatic reductions once again.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:00 PM ET, 02/05/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
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Posted at 05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013

White House: Automatic cuts 'not supported by virtually anyone in Washington'

White House press secretary reiterates that automatic spending cuts known as a sequester were never designed to take effect.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:36 PM ET, 01/28/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget, defense contractors, federal budget, federal emloyees, federal employees, fiscal cliff, Government Efficiency, sequestration

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 01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013

10 questions and answers on budgetary threats to federal employees

How the triple threats of the debt limit, sequestration and a government shutdown could affect federal employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, sequestration

Posted at 09:12 AM ET, 01/16/2013

House rejects agency spending cut proposal

The House in approving a Hurricane Sandy relief package Tuesday defeated a proposal to offset some of the cost by imposing across-the-board cuts in many federal programs.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:12 AM ET, 01/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, hurricane sandy, sequestration

Posted at 01:42 PM ET, 01/15/2013

For Sandy relief, House to consider further cuts in agency spending

The House could vote as soon as today to cut spending in many federal programs by nearly 2 percent as a way of paying for Hurricane Sandy disaster relief.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:42 PM ET, 01/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  disaster relief, federal employees, hurricane sandy, sequestration

Posted at 11:59 AM ET, 01/01/2013

Deal means agencies won't see immediate cuts, but future is unclear

Despite the fiscal cliff deal, the future remains uncertain for federal employees because the legislation delays the sequestration for only two months.

By Joe Davidson  |  11:59 AM ET, 01/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal emloyees, federal pay, fiscal cliff, sequestration

Posted at 02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012

Panetta and Shinseki warn of sequestration impact on returning troops

FEDERAL EYE | Panetta, Shinseki say cuts could hurt programs meant to aid return to civilian life. 

By Steve Vogel  |  02:35 PM ET, 12/06/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense fiscal cliff; sequestration;

Posted at 02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012

Defense forum: Steep cuts likely, regardless of fiscal cliff

The Defense Department faces steep cuts in the next decade regardless of whether the government goes off the fiscal cliff, speakers at a defense forum in Washington said.

By Steve Vogel  |  02:34 PM ET, 12/05/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  defense budget; sequestration and defense budget; defense forum on fiscal cliff

Posted at 03:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012

White-collar federal worker pay nearly 35 percent behind private sector, advisory group says

An advisory council has reported that pay of white-collar federal employees is nearly 35 percent behind the private sector on average, moving the controversy over pay comparisons along for higher-level consideration.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:15 PM ET, 11/19/2012 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal pay, federal salaries, federal salary council, pay gap, sequestration