Agencies should generally use any available flexibility to reduce operational risks and minimize impacts from sequestration on the agency's core mission, Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel said in a memo (.pdf) to agency heads Thursday.
Speculation about widespread layoffs if the Postal Service ends Saturday letter delivery is unfounded, Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe said in his State of the Postal Service address April 3. He also dismissed the notion that if the Postal Service switches to 5 day delivery, 4 day delivery would follow, then 3 day and so on.
Raising taxes on the wealthy, reforming retirement programs and investing in high-tech manufacturing will help lower the deficit, President Obama said in a weekly radio address previewing his upcoming budget proposal, set to be released April 10.
Of the respondents, 41 percent said their employer was reducing the amount of workers and only 23 percent said their employer was expanding the office workforce, the Gallup poll says. That made the Job Creation Index score -18 in March as opposed to -5 in February, before sequestration cuts went into effect.
As he announced the initiative, Obama said it could be "the next great American project" and could lead to improved understanding of Alzheimer's disease, autism, and strokes, in addition to other unforeseeable discoveries. "There's this enormous mystery waiting to be unlocked," he said.
At least seven lawsuits have been filed across the country in response to Federal Aviation Administration's decision to cut funding for 149 contract air-traffic control towers, charging the FAA with eroding airport safety.
At the Office of Management and Budget, 480 employees have received furlough notices, Carney said. He did not specify which other EOP offices notified their employees of upcoming furloughs. The EOP has also slowed new hiring and left open positions unfilled, he said. Components have reduced purchases of equipment and supplies, the use of air cards for Internet access, and staff travel.
Furloughs would happen over seven two-week pay periods until the end of September, when the current fiscal year ends, with employees likely to be told not to come to work for two days during each of those pay periods, according to the statement. The DoD is still working to figure out which employees would be exempt from furloughs.
For Southern Command cuts mean a 26 percent reduction to their fiscal 2013 operating budget. At Southern Command, 851 employees are expected to be furloughed beginning in April and lasting through September, Kelly said. Future cuts may involve wholesale program elimination, Kelly said.
Funding for Homeland Security Department information technology programs fare well under the continuing resolution ( H.R. 933 [.pdf]) signed into law by President Barack Obama March 26. The law funds the government through the end of fiscal year 2013, and maintains $85 billion in automatic budget cuts under sequestration .