The Washington Post

CHART | Tracking sequester impacts


The sequester took effect on March 1, forcing federal agencies to reduce spending by a combined $85 billion by the end of the fiscal year.

The Post has produced a graphic that compares the projected sequester impacts with the impacts that have occurred to date. View the chart here.

Democratic lawmakers and the Obama administration warned that the budget slashing would have dire impacts on everything from schools and airport-security to military readiness and the economy, but conservatives argued that most of that talk amounted to hype and exaggeration.

The short-term funding plan Congress passed last week locked in the sequester cuts while shifting funds within some agencies to help them absorb the reductions.

(Pete Marovich/Bloomberg) (Pete Marovich/Bloomberg)

So far, the sequester has shown up in limited ways, for instance in the form of furlough notices, hiring freezes, reduced overtime, the closing of contract air-traffic control towers, and the release of detained immigrants.

Over the next several months, the cost-trimming is expected to materialize more as agencies gradually implement their full plans for cost saving.

We’ll continue to track quantifiable impacts of the cuts and update the graphic over time. Be sure to check back with us from time to time, and feel free to share how the sequester has affected your life by writing to the e-mail addresses below.


For more federal news, visit The Federal Eye, The Fed Page and Post Politics.

To connect with Josh Hicks, follow his Twitter feed, subscribe to his Facebook page or e-mail

E-mail with news tips and other suggestions.

Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

The Freddie Gray case

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Campaign 2016 Email Updates

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!

Get Zika news by email

Please provide a valid email address.

You’re all set!
Show Comments
The Democrats debate Thursday. Get caught up on the race.
The big questions after New Hampshire, from The Post's Dan Balz
Can Bernie Sanders cut into Hillary Clinton's strength in the minority community and turn his challenge into a genuine threat? And can any of the Republicans consolidate anti-Trump sentiment in the party in time to stop the billionaire developer and reality-TV star, whose unorthodox, nationalistic campaign has shaken the foundations of American politics?
Clinton in New Hampshire: 2008 vs. 2015
Hillary Clinton did about as well in N.H. this year as she did in 2008, percentage-wise. In the state's main counties, Clinton performed on average only about two percentage points worse than she did eight years ago (according to vote totals as of Wednesday morning) -- and in five of the 10 counties, she did as well or better.
Upcoming debates
Feb. 11: Democratic debate

on PBS, in Wisconsin

Feb 13: GOP debate

on CBS News, in South Carolina

Feb. 25: GOP debate

on CNN, in Houston, Texas

Campaign 2016
Where the race stands

To keep reading, please enter your email address.

You’ll also receive from The Washington Post:
  • A free 6-week digital subscription
  • Our daily newsletter in your inbox

Please enter a valid email address

I have read and agree to the Terms of Service and Privacy Policy.

Please indicate agreement.

Thank you.

Check your inbox. We’ve sent an email explaining how to set up an account and activate your free digital subscription.