The Threat of Sequestration

As Congress and the White House wrangle over long-term fiscal issues, the prospect looms of automatic, across the board cuts in discretionary federal spending -- a process known as sequestration. Check back to this page often for the latest updates on how the situation is unfolding.
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Six Areas Where the New Congress Could Squeeze Feds

November 6, 2014 Union leaders are worried about pay and benefits under Republican control.

Did Budget Cuts Cause the Secret Service Failures?

October 3, 2014 Independent review likely will focus on White House safety and agency culture, not money.

CBO: Sequestration Cuts Are Unlikely This Year

August 15, 2014 The 2014 budget remains sufficient to avoid across-the-board reductions before the fiscal year ends.

Virginia state capitol in Richmond.

Defense Cuts Come Home to Roost -- In Virginia

August 15, 2014 The state faces a $2.4 billion shortfall; governor blames sequestration.

How to Win a Furlough Appeal

August 14, 2014 Tens of thousands of employees challenged their loss of work (and income) during sequestration; a few were successful.

Yes, Defense Furloughs Hurt Morale and Employee Retention

June 17, 2014 Officials at three sites tell watchdog the mandatory unpaid leave created rifts within the workforce.

Uncertainty Surrounding the Sequester Made a Measurable Difference Even on the Local Level

May 29, 2014 Watchdog details impacts including larger elementary school classrooms and less-frequent health facility inspections.

More Agencies Offer Buyouts and Early Retirement

February 4, 2014 Employees at EPA and BBG can apply to receive up to $25,000 to leave service.

“Continued underfunding of the IRS means refunds will be delayed, taxpayers will sit on hold and tax help will be available to fewer and fewer Americans,” said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.

The Spending Bill’s Biggest Losers

January 15, 2014 Some agencies still would be hurt by sequestration under the omnibus, despite partial repeal of automatic cuts.

Contractors Report Revenue Losses from Sequestration

December 17, 2013 Survey shows two-thirds of 220 firms were adversely affected.

Poll: Majority of Americans Say Bag Sequestration

December 10, 2013 61 percent of those surveyed would undo all or some of the automatic budget cuts.

FBI Director James Comey

FBI Agents Worry Criminals Will Have It Easier if Sequestration Continues

December 4, 2013 Furloughs, hiring freeze will prevent FBI from properly conducting its mission, group says.

Rep. Doug Lamborn, R-Colo., will introduce the Provide for the Common Defense Act along with Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla.

GOP Lawmakers: Cut Fed Benefits, Not Defense Spending

December 3, 2013 House Republicans pitch less generous retirement packages to offset national security side of sequestration.

Think Tanks Duel Over Easing Sequestration

November 26, 2013 New progressive plan would count debt reduction from fiscal cliff deal toward sequester goals.

USDA was able to avoid furloughing meat inspectors in 2013.

Expect Sequestration to Hit Much Harder in 2014, Report Says

November 22, 2013 One-time fixes that lessened the blow in 2013 are no longer available.

Pentagon Comptroller: Budget Uncertainty is 'Taking Its Toll'

November 14, 2013 Hale recounts how spending strategies are formed, then tossed.

Tight Funding Is Starving Financial Regulatory Agency, Outgoing Official Says

November 1, 2013 Free to speak on final day, CFTC enforcement director calls agency 'absolutely undersized.'

The Blue Angels fly over the San Francisco Bay during Fleet Week.

The Blue Angels Are Back in Action

October 24, 2013 Squadron of stunt pilots will be operating its full tour schedule this year, Navy announces.

Federal Agencies Lost 6,000 Jobs in September

October 22, 2013 The government has shed 87,000 jobs in the last 12 months.

Poll: It's Like the Sequester Never Happened

October 10, 2013 Nearly three in four Americans have seen no impact.