Federal worker furloughs could start in April
February 17th, 2013
04:53 PM ET
1 year ago

Federal worker furloughs could start in April

Washington (CNNMoney) – Federal workers could start facing furloughs as early as April, according to federal agencies trying to prepare for the worst.

Unless Congress steps in, some $85 billion in massive spending reductions will hit the federal government, doling out furloughs to much of the nation's 2.1 million federal workforce, experts say.

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soundoff (15 Responses)
  1. Rick McDaniel

    The government has grown so large, these cuts won't even be noticed by the public. It just trims a small amount of the FAT!

    February 17, 2013 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  2. LL

    Beg to differ with you, Rick. Our federal workforce has not grown in the past 4-5 years or so. Not only has it not grown, salaries have been frozen.

    February 17, 2013 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. .

    Good! Unionized federal workers are the main reason we're broke.

    February 17, 2013 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  4. maddog49

    -The sequester DOES NOT cut federal spending. CNN needs to stop perpetuating this lie! Despite all the bashing that Fox News draws, today they have a home page story where a senator, in this case, Rand Paul (R-Kentucky) states that federal budgets, including the Defense Dept's, shall INCREASE even under the sequester. It is only a question of HOW MUCH the budget increases by.

    -State governments use the dirty trick where when a real cut is made, the hurt is MAXIMIZED to stir public outrage. In California, the classic is having the TV news camera on a few crying women around a politician who is denouncing the other party that pushed for the cuts. Right now, at the federal level, Republicans and Democrats are equally adept at whining over "Draconian" cuts that are NOT even real cuts.

    -Federal employees, for all practical purpose, cannot be terminated. This is why the talk is of furlough, not of layoffs.

    February 17, 2013 05:45 pm at 5:45 pm |
  5. r.shinoda

    If sequester occurs, will congressional staff for congress be included?

    February 17, 2013 07:37 pm at 7:37 pm |
  6. Robert

    The consequences of years (decades) of mismanagement are coming to fruition. The government is extremely wasteful and somehow DC is now the wealthiest metropolitan region in the country. Of course the Dems will blame the GOP, because nothing is ever their fault. Meanwhile, the rest of America will continue to live in the real world where people have budgets and responsibilities.

    February 17, 2013 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  7. Spike2014

    Agreed. And I'm a federal employee.

    February 17, 2013 08:08 pm at 8:08 pm |
  8. T

    .......Start with Defense "contractors" FIRST...............

    February 17, 2013 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  9. steven

    Whatever this is or isn't in terms of impact, it underscores the intransigence on both sides. Don't know about everyone else but I never received pay for failing.

    February 17, 2013 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  10. elizabeth

    the more lay offs the better....

    February 17, 2013 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  11. Randy, San Francisco

    It is only a small amount of fat cut from government when your health and welfare is not dependent on government services. Republicans/Tea Partiers are only happy when the wealth divide between the 1% and 99% grows even wider.

    February 17, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  12. J.V.Hodgson

    Rick,
    Government Includes the pentagon and the data shows thru an independent agency that the cuts cost 40,000 DOD jobs and 766,000 health care jobs. adding 800K job losses ( possibly more spin off job cuts in the service industries associated) simply adds to government unemployment benefit cost.
    I dont see the logic of that. Also every economist and even the mainstream republicans say the sequester is bad for the country.
    PS its $120bn in a full year ( not the 85bn for this year).
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    February 18, 2013 12:43 am at 12:43 am |
  13. James

    No, it doesn't trim any of the fat at all. The fat gets protected.

    The only jobs cut are the low level ones where regular working Joes keep the basic functions of the country going. They don't save any money to speak of. It's just an empty gesture by lying politicians, whose own 6-figure salaries continue to rise. "Look, I'll screw over some working stiffs I don't care about just to show you how much I care!"

    February 18, 2013 04:32 am at 4:32 am |
  14. Sari

    Well, Congress takes enough furloughs. Start with their pay.

    February 18, 2013 06:21 am at 6:21 am |
  15. Name lynn

    All the money this so call uncle sam man is taking out of our checks, before we get them nowthe federal is crying broke whos spending the money an wheres the cutting going to be.

    February 18, 2013 07:18 am at 7:18 am |