Sequester's Effect on Government: One Job Lost

Image: Sequester's Effect on Government: One Job Lost Federal employees stage a demonstration protesting the federal budget sequester on May 7, 2013 in New York City.

Friday, 09 May 2014 08:49 AM

By Martin Gould

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink
The final figures are in, and the number of government jobs lost to last year's $85.4 billion sequester has been released — a grand total of one.

Politicians on both sides of the aisle warned that the deep and arbitrary cuts across all sections of the federal government would lead to thousands of government workers going on unemployment.

But the dire predictions failed to materialize — except for a solitary unlucky worker in the Justice Department's Parole Commission, Fox News reported.

The figures were revealed in a March report by the Government Accountability Office.

Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma wants to know why the predictions were so dire — and so wrong — before the cuts went into effect in March 2013.

"Taxpayers expect us to root our predictions in fact, not ideology and spin," Coburn said in a letter to outgoing Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell.

The GAO report looked at 23 government agencies, which Fox said appears to "span most of the federal government," and said Attorney General Eric Holder's Justice Department was the only one that laid off a single employer in fiscal year 2013.

A GAO spokesman confirmed to Fox  News that the one layoff was in the Parole Commission but had no other information about what position was actually eliminated.

"Virtually every other arm of the government turned to tactics like cutting overtime, reducing employee travel and putting workers on furlough to avoid actual firings," Fox said.

The GAO said other agencies canceled or cut bonuses, reduced travel and training and limited overtime.

Despite the lack of redundancies, the government still says the sequestration — imposed when the bipartisan "super-committee" of congressmen and senators failed to agree on cuts — was harmful.

OMB spokesman Steve Posner told Fox there is "no question" the sequester had a negative impact on Americans. He said employees had hours reduced and new hires were cut.

He said figures in the report show that "sequestration had significant negative effects on services for the public as well as agency operations and federal workers," which are likely to get worse.

During debate on the sequester predictions were dire with knock-on jobs lost being estimated at anywhere between 100,000 and 1.5 million. Instead unemployment has continued to fall.

Coburn said news that just one job was lost was "devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months — and millions of dollars — engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people."

Related Stories:

© 2014 Newsmax. All rights reserved.

  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  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
Retype Email:
Zip Code:
Privacy: We never share your email.
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
Top Stories
You May Also Like

Sen. John Barrasso Mocks John Kerry's Climate Change Fears

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 22:23 PM

Secretary of State John Kerry ought to focus more on the immediate and deadly threats to the United States from around t . . .

Democrats Keep Obama at Distance Ahead of Mid-Term Elections

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 22:00 PM

Barack Obama's Democrats are walking a tightrope 10 weeks before US congressional elections: do they solicit the unpopul . . .

Report: Islamic State Computer Had Instructions for Jihad

Friday, 29 Aug 2014 21:20 PM

A dusty laptop snatched from an Islamic State hideout stashed thousands of documents about how to carry out the jihadist . . .

Most Commented

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

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