Report: FY 2014 Budget Cuts Could Be Tougher for Agencies

BudgetA report from think tank Center for American Progress has warned of a tougher federal budget environment if the second round of sequestration goes into effect in early 2014, Federal Times reported Sunday.

Citing the center’s analysis, Sean Reilly writes the impending fiscal year 2014 sequestration cut could prevent the Justice Department from applying expired funds for its sequester share as it did in fiscal 2013.

The center also warned against continuing federal employee furloughs for extended days, hiring freezes and spending cuts on maintenance and training at the FBI and Defense Department.

Reilly writes the second round of sequestration could strike in January when the continuing resolution expires, which is also before the due date of a budget proposal from a joint House-Senate committee.

Jenny Mattingley, director of government affairs for the Senior Executives Association, told Federal Times lawmakers are planning to extend that stopgap resolution for three months.

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