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Federal Employees News Digest : April 1, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. April 1, 2013 Vol. 62, No. 35 2 Visit us on the internet at www.FederalDaily.com manning them and the flying public they are checking. Going into federal buildings now requires special IDs, metal detectors and maybe an escort. It's more difficult now for workers, and more frus- trating for members of the public. Gloom and doom types in past weeks predicted that, when sequestration hit, all matter of horrible things would be visited on the public. Parks would close, services would be halted or delayed, prices would go up because of shortages caused by reduced and slowed inspec- tions at ports and at meat and poultry processing plants. But despite these dire predictions, which could still come true, nobody seems to have noticed much. The media touch on it, but it is tough to report, especially on the 24/7 TV news cycle. Politicians are very much aware of it, but having avoided a government shutdown (that would have happened March 27), the House and Senate went on yet another vacation. Just days before the shutdown deadline, Congress passed and the president signed legislation extending the continuing resolution authority through Sept. 30, the end of the current fiscal year. The CR allows agencies to continue to spend and operate, but at sequestration levels, which are 5 percent to 8 percent less than under the previous CR. The Senate voted to give a few more agencies wiggle room, but sequestration is still alive and well. And it's likely to get worse before it gets better. But what is really happening inside government? What changes have been made, and what's coming up? Here are some reports from feds who checked in March 26 on the commentary page of FederalNewsRadio: "No professional meetings," said one. "No exchange of scientific knowl- edge. No training to stay current with changing scientific methods. The worst part is the travel cap that is jeopardizing us from doing our core science. You can live without a meeting or two. But, when it hurts that you cannot even do the core mission of your work, that's bad. The environment and those living in it suffer because we cannot do our science ..." "In my field of nuclear safety (nuclear power plants), activities that used to be mandatory, are now being canceled due to travel and training cuts," said another. "And that is just the tip of the iceberg." And finally, this from a fed whose friend flew into Reagan National Airport over the weekend: " ... the security lines were horrible. She was wondering what was up, and I told her about sequestration and how most likely, that was the cause (cancelling of overtime, etc.). So, although many of the effects are not yet apparent, some are here---and will most likely stay with us. I'd say the next effect will be on small business owners. I, as a DOD employee who will be furloughed 22 days, have been staying out of the stores---don't want to even be tempted to purchase any- thing right now. I've canceled vacations and am basically spending on just the basics. I'm sure that more and more of us will be doing the same and it will have an effect on the economy." So what happens in cities and small communities where the IRS, Justice Department, Agriculture Department, Army, Navy and Air Force are the pri- mary employers when the employees stop spending? Maybe people will notice. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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