There are no specific hits on federal employees or retirees in the debt ceiling agreement between the White House and congressional leaders, but the workforce can’t expect to escape untouched from the coming budget cuts, according to William R. Dougan, president of the National Federation of Federal Employees.
Dougan said the White House told his staff “there’s nothing specific in the deal that was part of the package that directly affects federal employees, although certainly the fact that we’re looking at cuts to the budget are going to result in obviously reduced budgets for federal agencies, so there will be impacts through that.”
Those impacts could be significant. Cutting the budget by $1 trillion over 10 years means agency reductions likely will be felt by the federal workforce. But while proposals that would have hit federal employees directly were considered by congressional and administration negotiators, their pay, retirement and their jobs are safe for the moment.
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