A few items that caught our attention today:

(Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post) (Jahi Chikwendiu/Washington Post)

“No matter what they say in Washington, the border is not secure.”  That’s according to fourth-generation Arizona rancher John Ladd, who was part of an in-depth article about border security in the days of sequestration and immigration-reform talks. See Pamela Constable’s  story in Monday’s Washington Post.

Furloughs still likely under stopgap budget. The short-term budget Congress is likely to pass this week to keep the government running through September would give some agencies flexibility in how they implement their sequester cuts, but the plan is unlikely to stop the furloughs of more than a million federal employees, according to an article in Monday’s Washington Post.

Obama nominated Thomas Perez for labor secretary. The president on Monday nominated assistant U.S. Attorney General Thomas E. Perez as the next labor secretary on Monday, marking the first Latino selection to Obama’s second-term Cabinet, according to an article from the Washington Post.

Which agencies are stretched thinnest? Most of the agencies that ranked among the 25 most-overstretched in the government’s employee-satisfaction survey are in the Agriculture, Homeland Security, Interior, Education and Commerce departments, according to a report from The Federal Times.

GAO to audit sequester cuts and planning. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wisc.) asked the Government Accountability Office to examine how federal agencies planned for and are implementing the deep spending cuts that took effect on March 1, according to an article from Federal News Radio.

National Weather Service to cut staff and spending. The moves, which come amid budget constraints related to the sequester, could compromise the nation’s preparedness for severe weather, critics say. The Post’s Capital Weather Gang has the story.


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