Agencies to Outline Sequester Plans as Early as Today

February 5, 2013

Federal agencies may start telling their employees as early as Tuesday about the cost-cutting steps — which could include furloughs — they are preparing to take if the steep budget cuts known as sequestration take effect.

Obama administration officials told federal union leaders on Monday that the Office of Management and Budget was issuing instructions to agencies on how to inform employees about their sequestration plans.

Those contingency plans could include personnel actions, such as furloughs, as well as reviews of contracts and grants for potential savings, said National Treasury Employees Union National President Colleen Kelley in a statement to Federal Times.

Federal Times obtained a draft memo from the Interior Department that said it will cut travel, training, facilities, supplies, and other operational and administrative costs to save money.

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