The Justice Department will freeze hiring and implement other cost-cutting measures to avoid furloughs of prosecutors and law enforcement officers under sequestration, Attorney General Eric Holder said Wednesday.
Holder informed employees in a memo the decision only applies for the rest of the current fiscal year and the department could furlough workers starting next fiscal year of sequestration continues, Reuters reported Wednesday.
Rachelle Younglai writes President Barack Obama has already started the $109 billion in sequester cuts for fiscal 2014, which starts Oct. 1.
The government must cut $85 billion from their fiscal 2013 budgets under the sequester, Younglai writes.
Holder announced the move in the same week where the Federal Aviation Administration started to furlough its air traffic controllers and other workers.