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OMB to Pentagon: Start Sequestration Planning

The Office of Management and Budget has directed the Defense Department to start planning for budget cuts under sequestration, American Forces Press Service reports.

Pentagon Press Secretary George Little told reporters the Pentagon has begun to plan for the additional $500 billion cut, which would come on top of another $487 billion the department is already required to cut.

Little said the Pentagon is at the initial stages of planning and does not have the details in place, Jim Garamone writes.

Little also said the effects of sequestration will not be immediately felt at once on Jan. 2, 2013 — the scheduled start date of sequestration and fiscal cliff — but that the Pentagon will have time to put directives and policies in place to implement the sequester.

Part of those plans will involve communicating how the sequester will be felt throughout the department, Little said, according to AFPS.

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