White House to Federal Agencies: Get Ready for Cuts
Budget office tells agencies to prepare for upcoming 'sequester'
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 15, 2013 2:03 PM CST
In this file photo from 2011, President Obama discusses the continuing budget talks in the briefing room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, File)

(Newser) – In anticipation of the $85 billion in automatic spending cuts (the "sequester") that kick in March 1 unless Congress makes a budget deal to avert them, the White House budget office told federal agencies yesterday to "intensify" their preparations. The agencies were asked to think up ways to lower their budgets by 8% to 10%, including but not limited to hiring freezes, furloughs, and the cutting of contracts or grants. Some agencies have already started warning employees that furloughs could be coming; at least 30 days' notice is required, CNNMoney reports.

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Jan 16, 2013 10:23 AM CST
(R) 2014 & 2016 Gov. RICK PERRY Report: The cuts to supercut should start from Washington, DC district first, then California, Oregon and Washington state(s), then Sen. Harry Reid's Nevada state, Colorado. To slim the Obama's special-interests states first; these democratic states put Obama to White House, they should get a cut first.
Jan 16, 2013 3:55 AM CST
How about all the members of congress and whitehouse cuting some of their perks that they get. Oh wait, that isn't going too happen. Because they would have todo it too them self.
Jan 16, 2013 1:22 AM CST
There are a lot of programs that can get axed. Do we need a department making sure we have enough helium to launch our blimps in time of war? Turn over airport security to the airlines. They have a vested interest in protecting their equipment and passengers. They will not be as intrusive either. Legalize marijuana, collect the taxes and cut the law enforcement drive to stamp out the weed. Let the pot smokers out of prison (if only for pot), exonerate them, clear their record and let them start working. I am sure there are a bunch of other ideas that can also help.