The automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration won’t force the State Department to furlough any employees this year.
The State Department is notifying its staff today that new projections show “furloughs are not required” during the year that ends Sept. 30 “due to cost-cutting measures implemented early in the fiscal year and a reduction in the sequester cut” identified by the Office of Management and Budget, the department said today in response to an inquiry.
Sequestration reduces all accounts across-the-board, and 80 percent of the cuts in foreign assistance will be borne by programs to support foreign military financing, global health, and economic and humanitarian assistance, according to the department.
Additional funding that Congress provided in the full-year continuing resolution for some programs, such as humanitarian assistance, will reduce, though not eliminate, the effects of sequestration.
“We are still assessing the specific impacts,” according to the department’s response. “It will mean that we will be able to do less than we would have if we did not face this across-the-board cut.”