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Federal Agencies Will See a Hiring Spree in 2015

Agencies bouncing back from sequestration cuts and years of hiring freezes are hiring more than 72,000 federal employees in 2015, according to figures from the Office of Management and Budget. In many cases agencies will return to 2013 levels. The Defense Department fell from 738,000 civilian employees in 2013 to 724,000 in 2014. In 2015 the agency is hiring about 20,600 employees. The Defense Department will be using those new hires to bolster its cyber, acquisition and shipyard workforces, according to spokesman Nate...

OMB Says No Sequestration Cuts in 2015

There will be no budget cuts because of sequestration in fiscal 2015, much to the relief of federal agencies. The Office of Management and Budget sent a letter and report to Congress Jan. 20, detailing why the reductions to agency discretionary budgets will not be necessary as called for under the Budget Control Act, also known as Sequestration. OMB stated the defense discretionary budget for 2015 is $585.9 billion, down from $606.3 billion last year. For non-defense discretionary spending, agencies will have $514.1...

Secretary Of Defense Chuck Hagel’s Statement on Reducing Civilian Furloughs

Tuesday, Secretary Hagel released a statement on the civilian furloughs in place because of sequestration. "When I announced my decision on May 14 to impose furloughs of up to 11 days on civilian employees to help close the budget gap caused by sequestration, I also said we would do everything possible to find the money to reduce furlough days for our people. ... As part of that effort at the Department of Defense, I am announcing today that, thanks to the DoD’s efforts to identify savings and help from Congress, we will...

Civilian Hiring Still On Hold at DoD

As deep cuts in defense spending continue to take hold, the Secretary of Defense has notified Congress that the DoD will be forced to take some draconian measures come fiscal year 2014.. With an ongoing war in Afghanistan, the Secretary of Defense must find an additional $52 billion in cuts to make, hopefully without harming the war effort. As part of that plan, the Secretary of Defense told Congress, through a letter, that the combination of cutbacks could include some items that are deeply painful for military servicemembers...

Five percent of federal workforce furloughed Friday as agencies shut down

This Friday, roughly 117,000 federal employees will be on leave without pay in the first major round of sequester-driven furloughs. This amounts to more than 5 percent of the entire federal workforce. The IRS, EPA, OMB, and HUD— which have a combined staff of about 116,600 — closed down entirely last Friday to help meet their mandated budget cuts. All IRS offices, including its call centers and taxpayer assistance centers across the country, will be closed. The IRS will also shut down and furlough employees...

Deep budget cuts planned by House GOP

House Republicans have pushed forward to slash cuts for domestic programs far deeper than the cuts departments like Education, Interior and State are facing under sequestration. Homeland Security, Veterans Affairs and the Pentagon would be spared under the plan approved by the House Appropriations Committee on a party-line vote. At issue are the deep agency budget cuts required under sequestration. This year, the cuts are being applied to both domestic agencies and the Pentagon. The new plan put forth Tuesday is for the 2014...

Few Loopholes in Furlough Rules

The Army and Air Force have both recently issued memos indicating very few employees will be exempt from being furloughed, and many suspect this could provide guidance to other agencies on the types of exceptions to allow. Both branches of service have created exceptions for: * employees deployed overseas in support of military combat missions * employees not paid through regular Treasury funds, such as non-appropriated fund personnel * political appointees * foreign nationals Both branches also allowed wiggle...

How Will Sequestration Affect DoD Schools?

Unless Congress and the President strike a last second deal, the sequestration period will begin on March 1st.  This will result in a mass furlough of federal employees that will eventually affect DoD schools and other military child care programs and services. However, the effect will not be immediate. A continuing resolution will keep funding levels for DoD Education Activity (DoDEA) schools funded at FY 2012 levels until March 27, with furloughs slated to begin in the second half of April. The Department of Defense began...

Employee unions march on Capitol Hill

Earlier this week, several hundred federal employees from the American Federation of Government Employees and the American Federal of State, County and Municipal Employees marched on Capitol Hill protesting potential furloughs and budget cuts to their agencies. With the budget-busting sequestration scheduled to take effect in less than three weeks, the AFGE and AFSCME planned the march as part of their week-long campaign to stop sequestration and educate members of Congress about the value of federal employees. J. David...

The Impact of Sequestration is Coming into View

President Obama appears ready to ask for another delay for sequestration, with a press conference scheduled later today. For now, though, the practical effects of what that the steep budget cuts would mean for federal employees have started to take shape. The Defense Department and its agencies face an almost 8 percent budget cut if sequestration begins March 1, according to a recent analysis by Senate Budget Committee Republicans. Defense components already issued a hiring freeze in January and are preparing to lay off many...

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