NEW BUDGET COULD LEAD TO LOWER QUALITY OF SERVICES, CUTS OF JOBS AND FURLOUGHS - March 1, 2017
Trumpís Budget Cuts Could Lead to Federal Employee Layoffs, Furloughs
By Eric Katz, Government Executive
In March 2013, the Obama administration ordered a sequestration of $80.5 billion from federal agenciesí budgets. The cuts, as required in the 2011 Budget Control Act, caused immediate chaos across government, forcing agency leaders to implement emergency plans that in some cases sent employees home for several days without pay.
Those cuts were split evenly between defense and non-defense spending, with domestic discretionary funding cut about 5 percent, or about $26 billion. Agencies implemented furlough plans (most of which were eventually scaled back from initial estimates) and hiring freezes, cut services to taxpayers, and delayed planned contracts and investments.