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Report: Sequestration Cuts May Cost Nearly 280,000 Federal Jobs by 2013

Friday, July 20, 2012

(National Federation of Federal Employees)

As the presidential campaign kicks into high gear, the issues at the front of most voters’ minds are job growth and the economy. What many don’t realize at the moment is just how close the country is to taking a major hit to the employment rolls.

 

If sequestration – the automatic $115 billion reduction in government funding mandated by the failure of the Congressional Super Committee – is allowed to take effect this year, a total of 2 million American jobs could be lost. According to a new report released by the Aerospace Industries Association, federal employees would take a disproportionate share of the punishment with a whopping 277,000 jobs lost.

 

The sequestration cuts resulted from the failure of Congress to reach a ten-year, $1.2 trillion deficit reduction agreement in November of last year. With a $56.7 billion reduction to defense spending and $59 billion in reductions to non-defense spending, federal agencies throughout government are slated to take a huge hit to their bottom lines. Most of the job losses – roughly 220,000 – would take place at non-defense agencies, the report concluded.

 

“We can’t continue to allow Congress to heap the burden of deficit reduction on the backs of federal employees every time they fail to do their job,” said NFFE National President William R. Dougan. “These workers have families that need to be fed, cars that need gas, and rent to be paid. The political gamesmanship that has dominated the debate these past two years is hurting real people. The time for politics is over. Let’s roll up our sleeves and start working toward a solution.”

 

These massive cuts will devastate the federal workforce if nothing is done to prevent the sequester. In an effort to come up with alternative ways to reduce spending, Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D- NH) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are working on a bipartisan plan together before sequestration takes effects and before elections when companies have to give layoff notices. NFFE is actively engaging Congress and the Administration to explore options for preventing the draconian cuts and protecting federal jobs.

 

Comments

JJagdhane   07/23/12 5:40 am
What can we do to assist these two Congresspeople and NFFE in their work to protect federal jobs?

"Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D- NH) and Senator Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) are working on a bipartisan plan together before sequestration takes effects and before elections when companies have to give layoff notices. NFFE is actively engaging Congress and the Administration to explore options for preventing the draconian cuts and protecting federal jobs." Should we write about the significance of our jobs upon the "big picture"? Should we sign a petition? Should the entire federal government agencies' employees all go on strike like 'The Communication Workers of America" would always do? What should we do to be of assistance in meeting this looming loss of employment?

rup osannfillmore   07/21/12 9:56 pm
Federal employees and services are taken for granted. Americans will be shocked to find what happens to their way of life when 277,000 federal employees are fired, The gamut of lost services haven't even been imagined yet. Everyone thinks of social services lost, but there is so much more. I think a huge wake up is coming

Bob   07/21/12 9:21 pm
Tisk Tisk
The President and Congress can't come up with a plan, so this is "The Plan" (Sequestration). If you notice, whenever the President wants something to happen but doesn't want to upset his constituents, he just keeps his mouth shut and allows it to happen, or gives it lip service like a petty 0.5 percent raise, knowing full well the Congress will impose the increased pension contributions and take the money right back. It happens all the time, if you just watch him. He never stands up for the Civil Servants, he just keeps his mouth shut and allows pay freezes etc. to happen, because he needs the money for his real agenda/programs (Health Care Reform, etc.).

Ronnie Moseley   07/20/12 9:29 pm
Sequestration Cuts May Cost Nearly 280,000 Federal Jobs by 2013
it's known to every federal employee, that this congress wants no one to have jobs to run our country, and jobs for the private sector. also it has no means to work with the present Sitting President. what a wasted vote for these self serving people. don't vote in a republican, because you think you have nothing, wait,and you'll be in some work camp. according to U.N.Agenda 21.

Glenda McLain-Perry   07/20/12 6:30 pm
Lost jobs
My husband worked for private enterprise and lost his $50k/year job about 2 years ago. He is now 62. He's filing for early retirement, but living in California with a house payment, the need for my medical insurance, etc., I can't afford to retire and take advantage of the VERA with our agency.

I am so SCARED of what is going to happen whether there is a presidential election or not. Our agency can't even cover salaries and we've downsized twice so far. I did not see myself at age 60 a facing financial hardship.

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