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.


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