The Internal Revenue Service fiscal 2014 budget request saved $214 million through program cuts including hiring restrictions, closing offices and reducing IT, a May 3 GAO report (.pdf) says. If the budget request is enacted, IRS would save $78 million in hiring restrictions. The agency plans to not replace staff that have retired, the report says.
Budget cuts due to sequestration caused a lack of readiness in the military that will interfere with the Defense Department providing replacement unites in Afghanistan next year, Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter told an audience at the National Press Club May 7.
Despite reports saying the State Department will not furlough employees due to sequestration cuts, a State Department spokesperson said no decision has been made on whether to furlough employees.
The Defense department did not account for a Budget Control Act-required $52 billion cut in the fiscal 2014 budget request, leading two senators to question those cuts will come from.
The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to keep its contract weather observers at 140 airports nationwide through the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
Budget is the top concern among federal chief information officers in an annual survey from TechAmerica and Grant Thorton, published May 2. Based on interviews with 41 federal CIOs, report authors say federal information technology leaders are concerned about budget constraints caused by the continuing resolution and sequestration, and inadequate budget authorities that impact how much control they have over IT programs.
The Coast Guard projects annual acquisition will never total more than $1.2 billion annually over the next 5 years, and will more often hover close to $1 billion annually, the service's 5 year capital investment plan shows. The Coast Guard received $1.4 billion for acquisition in fiscal 2012, an amount that Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Robert Papp said in 2011 wasn't enough .
The Defense Department would apply civilian furloughs with "consistency and fairness" should the be necessary, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an April 26 letter (.pdf) to Congress. Sequestration, which went into effect March 1, requires the DoD to cut approximately $40 billion in the current fiscal year.
S everal federal information technology executives say tighter budgets are actually an impetus for innovative problem solving. "In my mind, crowdsourcing is one of the most untapped opportunities," said Sasi Pillay, NASA's chief technology officer.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to eliminate airport weather observers due to sequestration cuts, according to an FAA document (.pdf). The move comes on the heels of Congress passing a bill to shift funds to save air traffic controls to be furloughed to help the FAA meet its sequester cuts.