Evan Soltas
Mar 10, 2013

So Much for the Sequestration Hype

A post in Bloomberg, with more fun stuff coming next week:

It was hard, in the week before the sequestration took effect, to avoid the ceaseless warnings and doom-filled prophecies coming from the White House. From the president to the lowliest Cabinet secretary, federal officials claimed the U.S. would see immediate and severe disruption to government operations.

Well, they were wrong. The sequestration won't be devastating. It will be slow, boring, and local. That's the message sent by the flurry of reports from federal agencies as they detail their plans to cope with their budget cuts under sequestration.

One reason the effects won't be sudden is the labor rules in the Code of Federal Regulations. They require that federal employees get at least 30 days' notice before they can be furloughed. That pushes much of the predicted disruption to April at the earliest. And not all agencies will furlough immediately. The Defense Department, whose outgoing chief, Leon Panetta, had been an early and outspoken foe of the sequestration, won't start furloughs until April 25.