Both sides of the Capitol on Wednesday took up budget measures with provisions of direct importance to federal employee pocketbooks.
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.
The Federal Aviation Administration has told employees that they face 11 furlough days due to sequestration.
A key senator is questioning why federal agencies are continuing to hire when existing employees are facing unpaid furloughs.
Job changes by current employees and hiring under placement programs still are allowed in some circumstances.
The agency will carry out the furlough in two phases, with employees required to take 32 unpaid hours in the first phase through June.
Federal employees should take steps to protect their security clearances if furloughs cause them financial hardship, two defense agencies have said.
The Navy has announced cutbacks that will affect its civilian employees and the deployment of ships, among other responses to sequestration.
The State Department has told its employees that it doesn't expect furloughs--at least not yet.
Federal employees who are furloughed have several options involving their retirement savings, but important considerations apply.