Sequester ... Did We Forget All About It?
Seems that sequester wasn't quite as bad as the Chicken Littles were saying it would be. When Congress lifted the requirement about keeping all accounts within an agency separated in the cost-cutting process, the agencies adjusted.
I especially liked these:
Instead of furloughing FBI and federal prison staff, the Justice Department used money from programs that either never began, or that ended under-budget.
Border Patrol, the Coast Guard and others postponed certain maintenance projects, eliminated bonuses and generally did some belt-tightening. (Though that didn't seem to preclude the geniuses at GSA from changing the location of the Coast Guard headquarters at ridiculous expense.)
Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013...#ixzz2XwseGwSI
But the dire warnings are expected to resurface, as lawmakers grapple with next year's spending bills.
Congress technically has three months to pass a budget in order to avoid a government shutdown. This time, the mandatory spending cuts are supposed to total $109 billion for the next fiscal year.