Administration Spells out Doom of Sequestration Cuts

August 3, 2012

The $109 billion in sequestration budget cuts scheduled to go into effect Jan. 2 would likely mean hiring freezes, furloughs and staffing reductions at the Defense Department, FBI, Border Patrol and Transportation Security Administration, the Obama administration said Wednesday.

Acting Office of Management and Budget Director Jeffrey Zients told the House Armed Services Committee that the Federal Aviation Administration also would face “significant cuts” in its operations that ensure safe air travel, and that food safety and workplace safety inspections would be slashed.

Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said that Defense could have to impose at least a partial hiring freeze, unpaid furloughs, and layoffs of temporary employees.

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