Sequestration could mean furloughs for many Justice employees

Attorney General Eric Holder says automatic cuts could be devastating. Attorney General Eric Holder says automatic cuts could be devastating. Brian Kersey/AP

Nearly 86 percent of the Justice Department’s workforce will be furloughed for an average of five weeks if automatic spending cuts take effect in January 2013, Federal Times reported Tuesday.

Unless Congress reaches a deal on cutting $1.2 trillion from the federal deficit through 2021, the sequestration process mandated under the debt ceiling measure approved in August 2011 would lead to $2.1 billion in Justice spending reductions next year.

FBI agents and trial attorneys would be among the more than 100,000 Justice employees subject to the furlough. Workers are not paid for the weeks they are furloughed, though Congress can decide to compensate them retroactively.

"The consequences [of the automatic cuts] are not restricted to simply what happens to the Justice Department here in Washington and in our field offices," Attorney General Eric Holder told a Senate appropriations subcommittee last week. “It would be something that would just simply be devastating.”

In addition to the furloughs, Justice would seek to reduce its workforce, leaving almost 5,000 positions vacant. The department, however, would try to avoid resorting to a reduction in force under sequestration, because the RIF process can be cost prohibitive, according to Federal Times.

As of February, Justice employed 116,000 employees.

Stay up-to-date with federal news alerts and analysis — Sign up for GovExec's email newsletters.
FROM OUR SPONSORS
JOIN THE DISCUSSION
Close [ x ] More from GovExec
 
 

Thank you for subscribing to newsletters from GovExec.com.
We think these reports might interest you:

  • Sponsored by G Suite

    Cross-Agency Teamwork, Anytime and Anywhere

    Dan McCrae, director of IT service delivery division, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

    Download
  • Data-Centric Security vs. Database-Level Security

    Database-level encryption had its origins in the 1990s and early 2000s in response to very basic risks which largely revolved around the theft of servers, backup tapes and other physical-layer assets. As noted in Verizon’s 2014, Data Breach Investigations Report (DBIR)1, threats today are far more advanced and dangerous.

    Download
  • Sponsored by One Identity

    One Nation Under Guard: Securing User Identities Across State and Local Government

    In 2016, the government can expect even more sophisticated threats on the horizon, making it all the more imperative that agencies enforce proper identity and access management (IAM) practices. In order to better measure the current state of IAM at the state and local level, Government Business Council (GBC) conducted an in-depth research study of state and local employees.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    The Next Federal Evolution of Cloud

    This GBC report explains the evolution of cloud computing in federal government, and provides an outlook for the future of the cloud in government IT.

    Download
  • Sponsored by LTC Partners, administrators of the Federal Long Term Care Insurance Program

    Approaching the Brink of Federal Retirement

    Approximately 10,000 baby boomers are reaching retirement age per day, and a growing number of federal employees are preparing themselves for the next chapter of their lives. Learn how to tackle the challenges that today's workforce faces in laying the groundwork for a smooth and secure retirement.

    Download
  • Sponsored by Hewlett Packard Enterprise

    Cyber Defense 101: Arming the Next Generation of Government Employees

    Read this issue brief to learn about the sector's most potent challenges in the new cyber landscape and how government organizations are building a robust, threat-aware infrastructure

    Download
  • Sponsored by Aquilent

    GBC Issue Brief: Cultivating Digital Services in the Federal Landscape

    Read this GBC issue brief to learn more about the current state of digital services in the government, and how key players are pushing enhancements towards a user-centric approach.

    Download

When you download a report, your information may be shared with the underwriters of that document.