Report: Obama exaggerated Sequester, Furloughs Canceled

A report yesterday from Government Executive detailed how the Obama Administration’s predictions of doom and gloom from sequestration has backfired. The predictions of furloughs for government workers, nearly across the board, were exaggerated.

obama_sequesterThe most significant example of furlough reductions has been the Defense Department. The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days. It then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days, and more recently — through a series of cost-cutting measures and inter-service transfer of funds — reduced the days of unpaid leave to six. The furloughs are now estimated to affect about 650,000 Defense civilians.

The most significant example of furlough reductions has been the Defense Department. The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days. It then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days, and more recently — through a series of cost-cutting measures and inter-service transfer of funds — reduced the days of unpaid leave to six. The furloughs are now estimated to affect about 650,000 Defense civilians.

The most significant example of furlough reductions has been the Defense Department. The Pentagon originally planned to furlough all 750,000 of its civilian employees for 22 days. It then used reprogramming to trim that number to 11 days, and more recently — through a series of cost-cutting measures and inter-service transfer of funds — reduced the days of unpaid leave to six. The furloughs are now estimated to affect about 650,000 Defense civilians.

The Labor Department sent out furloughs notices –with varying lengths of unpaid leave — to 4,700 employees. The agency called the situation “fluid” and hoped to cancel furloughs, and Government Executive has confirmed several of Labor’s sub-agencies have reduced required furlough hours.

This is a little more comprehensive of a look at furlough reductions than I wrote about last month – when the Department of Defense announced furlough cuts to “six to eight” days. And it’s another prediction to be put on the pile of wrong sequestration predictions.

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FlashBack:  Obama slams Republicans for accusing him of exaggerating sequester effects

Barack Obama denounced Republicans on Tuesday for accusing him of exaggerating the potential effect of the sequester budget cuts and then panicking in the face of public outcry over air traffic delays.

Speaking at a White House press conference to mark the first 100 days of his second term, Obama claimed it was increasingly clear that he had not been “crying wolf” when he warned about the impact of the cuts earlier this year.

The president called on Congress to agree a broader deal on the budget rather than implement short-term fixes. But he denied suggestions that it was his responsibility to shift the log jam. He told reporters: “You suggest that my job is to somehow get them to behave. That’s their job.”

In spite of his problems getting a deal with Congress on the budget or on other issues such as gun legislation, he denied suggestions from reporters that he was already a lame duck.

“Maybe I should just pack up and go home,” he joked. “Rumours of my demise might be a little exaggerated at this point,” Obama said.

via  The Raw Story.

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