Sequestration Nation: Who's Going to Feel the Cuts?

By Emma Fidel - 2013-03-20T11:54:45Z

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About half of all sequestered funds will come from the Defense Department, which faces $46 billion in cuts through this fiscal year alone. “We will have to make cutbacks and delays in virtually every investment and program in the department, more than 2,500 of them,” Robert Hale, the Pentagon comptroller, said at a Feb. 20 news conference. Army training could be cut for the 78 percent of units that aren’t already deployed in Afghanistan or South Korea or going this year, Todd Shields and David Lerman report. The March 21 measure provides an additional $10 billion for the Defense Department’s operations and maintenance accounts, Tony Capaccio reports. Pentagon managers had planned to notify about 750,000 civilian employees this week that they could face one day a week of unpaid leave starting April 25. The Pentagon will now delay furlough notices until at least April 5 due to the added funds.