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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
Government Printing Office No furloughs. The agency will save money by delaying spending in technology and other investments.
2013 Budget $83.6 million