Most Government Agencies Avoided Sequester Furloughs

Thursday, 13 Mar 2014 11:02 AM

By Melanie Batley

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The Obama administration warned of widespread furloughs due to funding cuts from the sequestration last year, but most agencies reduced spending without employees being affected.

Just seven of 23 agencies used furloughs to achieve the required $80.5 billion cuts, with the Defense Department accounting for 82 percent of all furloughs, a new report by the Government Accountability Office found, according to The Weekly Standard.
 
Former Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano warned at the time that her agency would be forced to furlough employees for up to 14 days. In the end, she shifted funds from other budgets to cover salaries. For example, Customs and Border Protection shifted $7 million from its border security fencing account to salaries and expenses, according to the publication.

The report said that "19 agencies reported curtailing hiring; 16 reported rescoping or delaying contracts or grants for core mission activities; 19 reported reducing employee training; and 20 reported reducing employee travel," according to The Weekly Standard.

The GAO recommended that agencies publish the criteria used to determine how sequestration was implemented, how exemptions were determined, and how the principles used to make decisions in 2013 could be applied to possible future sequestrations, The Standard reported.

Related Stories:


© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
 
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

Obama to Speak On Militants' Beheading of American

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 12:43 PM

The White House says President Barack Obama will deliver a statement on Wednesday, the day after Islamic State militants . . .

Alan Dershowitz: Israel, US Are 'Friends Who Disagree'

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 12:22 PM

The United States and Israel are friends who disagree, Harvard Law Professor Alan Dershowitz told Newsmax TV's "Americ . . .

Clashes in Liberia As Authories Quarantine Ebola Slum

Wednesday, 20 Aug 2014 12:05 PM

Liberian security forces sealed off a seaside slum in the capital Wednesday in the latest effort to stop the spread of E . . .

Most Commented

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved