Sequestration’s Stew of Furloughs and Expense Cuts
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The Fiscal Times
March 11, 2013

One week into sequestration and agencies across the federal government are busy reallocating spending to accommodate the across-the-board budget cuts. While many agencies like the Department of Homeland Security and Defense Department are planning to furlough thousands of employees, others like the Small Business Administration and the Government Accountability Office have planned ahead and are managing the sequester furlough-free.

Here is a rundown of the most up-to-date information of sequestration’s effects on federal government agencies.  Point of information:  A government furlough is a temporary layoff that does not interrupt health care coverage, pensions, or other employee benefits.  No one is fired.

Compiled from Congressional Testimony, the White House Factsheet, Government Executive, Office of Management and Budget and Office of Personnel and Management.

AGENCIES IMPLEMENTING FURLOUGHS
Agriculture Department
    More than 2,100 Food Safety and Inspection Service employees will be furloughed for two weeks.

2013 Budget: $155 billion 
Workforce: 100,574

Defense Department   DOD will begin furloughing “many” of its 800,000 civilian workers in late April, one day a week for up to 22 workdays, according to congressional testimony from former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who did not specify the total number of employees being furloughed

2013 Budget: $525.5 billion
Total workforce: 2,086,701

Economic Development Administration   Will furlough all of its employees for six days.

2013 Budget $220 million 
Workforce: 206

Environmental Protection Agency    The agency expects to furlough many of its 18,000 employees for 13 days, but nothing has been finalized and further details have yet to be released.

2013 Budget: $8.3 billion
Workforce: 18,655

Federal Aviation Administration   Nearly all of the 43,000 employees will be furloughed for one-to-two days each pay period through the rest of the fiscal year. FAA will also close 100 air traffic control towers and eliminate midnight shifts at smaller airports to absorb cuts.

2013 Budget $12.7 billion
Workforce: 43,000

Federal Courts    The Judicial Conference of the United States expects to furlough 20,000 employees for 16 days, as well as cut spending on information systems, and other areas.

2013 Budget: $5.2 billion
Workforce:33,271

Internal Revenue Service   Employees will be furloughed for five to seven days beginning in the summer after the filing season ends, extending through the end of the fiscal year – September 31st.

2013 Budget: 12.2 billion
Workforce: 100,000

Justice Department   The DOJ has already sent out furlough notices to its employees.  Every FBI employee will be furloughed for 14 workdays, or nearly three full weeks through the rest of the fiscal year.

2013 Budget: 27.1 billion
Workforce: 117,285

AGENCIES MANAGING WITHOUT FURLOUGHS
Broadcasting Board Of Governors
   The agency will avoid furloughs by implementing a hiring freeze, eliminating bonuses and reducing broadcasts to absorb the 5 percent or $37.6 million in spending cuts.

2013 Budget $720 million
Workforce: 1,922

Government Accountability Office    The GAO is planning to avoid furloughing its employees by reducing costs in other areas like travel and IT spending.

2013 Budget $526.2 million
Workforce: 2,975

Government Printing Office    No furloughs. The agency will save money by delaying spending in technology and other investments.

2013 Budget $83.6 million
Workforce: 2,378

Washington Correspondent Brianna Ehley, based in D.C., covers Congress, government agencies and spending issues, health care, and tax and economic policy for The Fiscal Times.