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
More than 2,100 Food Safety and Inspection Service employees will be furloughed for two weeks.
2013 Budget: $155 billion
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
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
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
Housing And Urban Development
Secretary Shaun Donovan told the Senate Appropriations Committee furloughs would likely be required to absorb the cuts, but did not specify how many employees would be affected.
2013 Budget: $44.8 billion
Health and Human Services
HHS does not plan to furlough its employees.
2013 Budget $707 billion
National Institutes Of Health
NIH does not expect to furlough employees, since the bulk of the budget goes toward grants and funding for research. Aside from reductions in research grants, spending on travel and conferences will likely face the chopping block.
2013 Budget: $30.7 billion
National Labor Relations Board
NLRB has already issued formal furlough notices.
2013 Budget: $292.8 million
National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration
NOAA is issuing furloughs to 2,600 employees.
2013 Budget $5.1 billion
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Nothing has been finalized, but NASA expects to furlough an unspecified number of its employees, and cut 20,500 contractor jobs.
2013 Budget: $17.7 billion
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
NRC isn’t planning on furloughing employees or cutting their salaries.
2013 Budget: $1.053 billion
Small Business Administration
SBA is avoiding furloughs and will instead rely on staff cuts made through early retirements in 2012.
2013 Budget $949 million
Smithsonian Institute No furloughs
2013 Budget? $856 million
Is not expecting to furlough its 40,613 employees.
2013 Budget: 51.6 billion
Treasury Department No furloughs for now. Treasury plans to institute hiring freezes, and reduce spending on support, travel, training and supplies.
2013 Budget $14 billion
AGENCIES THAT HAVE NOT FINALIZED A PLAN
Furloughs are expected but nothing has been finalized.
2013 Budget $69.8 billion
Homeland Security Department
DHS already notified 60,000 custom and border patrol agents to expect furloughs in April. More than 1,000 Secret Service agents are also expected to be furloughed.
2013 Budget $39.5 billion
Secretary Ken Salazar also said furloughs\are likely for thousands of employees, though nothing has been finalized.
2013 Budget: $11.4 billion
Acting Labor Secretary Seth Harris told employees that some agencies within the department will be forced to furlough employees, though nothing has been finalized yet.
2013 Budget: 49 billion
Social Security Administration
The SSA has not made any decisions on whether it will furlough its employees. For now, it is trying to survive on the reduced budget level through attrition.
2013 Budget: $11.9 billion