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SBA, Smithsonian Believe Sequestration Furloughs Not Needed

EmptyOfficeFEMAThe Small Business Administration and the Smithsonian Institution project they will not need to furlough workers in the event of sequestration cuts taking effect, GovExec reports.

Eric Katz writes those agencies instead will look to reduce their budgets in other areas to help manage the cuts, totaling $85 billion across the government for the remainder of fiscal year 2013.

This news follows a notice to Government Accountability Office employees from Gene Dodaro, comptroller general, saying that agency also does not believe it will need furloughs to help manage the automatic cuts.

Karen Mills, outgoing Small Business Administration chief, said SBA will cut $902 million in loan guarantees from the $30 billion guaranteed in fiscal 2012, according to the report.

Katz reports Wayne Clough, Smithsonian secretary, told employees in an email he does not forsee the institution having to furlough employees and believes day-to-day operations will not be affected.

Linda St. Thomas, Smithsonian spokeswoman, told GovExec the institution would need to cut about $40 million, or 5 percent, from its fiscal 2013 budget under sequestration.

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