Agencies Begin Preparations for Sequestration

December 20, 2012

Federal agencies were to begin telling their employees Thursday how they will be affected by sequestration budget cuts, administration officials told federal unions Wednesday.

If sequestration takes effect Jan. 2, personnel actions such as furloughs will not take place immediately, union sources said they were told during a conference call with Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry and Office of Management and Budget Controller Danny Werfel. Agencies will use January as a transition period to plan for enacting money-saving plans and will look for all possible savings before furloughing employees or taking other personnel actions, such as layoffs, unions were told.

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