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OSHA Freezing Hiring, No Furloughs Under Sequestration

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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration will freeze bonuses and hiring as part of its efforts to reprogram funds in the event of sequestration, GovExec reports.

Under that reprogramming, the Labor Department agency projects it will not need to furlough employees, according to the report.

Citing an internal agency memo, Kellie Lunney writes DOL and the Office of Management and Budget approved OSHA’s request to reprogram funds.

Both the department and OMB instructed the agency to act as if it would operate under its reprogramming plan, which Congress holds final approval over.

OSHA will eliminate non-essential employee travel and non-mission critical contracts if the sequestration cuts take effect Friday, Lunney reports.

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