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Report: Pentagon Estimates 2013 Sequestration Cut $10B Larger Than Originally Thought

Defense Department leaders believe its budget cut for fiscal year 2013 may be around $10 billion larger than initially thought if sequestration takes effect, Federal News Radio reports.

Jared Serbu writes the Pentagon thinks it will have to immediately cut $62 billion instead of $52.3 billion as it originally planned.

An unidentified Pentagon official told Serbu the Office of Management and Budget has not given agencies direction on whether the sequestration cuts will apply at the account level or at the program level.

The department wants the cuts to occur at the account level so it can have flexibility to choose where to spend its money, Serbu writes.

All government entities, including the Pentagon, are operating under a continuing resolution through the end of March and it is not clear what their full-year budget for fiscal 2013 will be, according to the report.

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