Congress Seeks Answers on Sequestration

March 19, 2013

Congressional Republicans are preparing to grill federal officials about why agencies were slow to develop plans for across-the-board budget cuts enacted in 2011 and whether they could have done more to avoid the unpaid leave federal workers may face because of those cuts.

Top budget-making officials from the Agriculture and Commerce departments and the Federal Communications Commission are scheduled to testify at a Tuesday subcommittee hearing. The panel wants to know why the three agencies are implementing the budget cuts — known as sequestration — differently.

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