The Obama administration just took its first official crack at estimating the effects of sequestration on more than 1,200 budget accounts across the entire federal government. One thing is immediately apparent — the impact would be widespread and severe. Essentially no corner of the government would be left untouched by the cuts, which would amount to 8.2 percent for non-defense discretionary spending, and 9.4 percent for defense spending.
Federal Times would like to hear from you about what kinds of preparations your office is making in case sequestration does happen. Are you and your colleagues starting to plan for sequestration now that the White House’s guidance is out? Are you getting ready for hiring freezes or furloughs? Or preparing for delays to projects? Will contracts be canceled, reduced or delayed?
And most importantly, are you looking at these cuts as temporary? Or do you fear these are the first rumblings of a new, austere budget reality?
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