Federal Agencies Hit By Budget Cuts Object to Budget Cuts

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Shocker of the day: People who manage federal
agencies aren’t happy that the sequestration might reduce funding
for federal agencies. As I noted earlier, The Washington
Post
looked into what might happen to various agency budgets
and programs should the sequestration process actually kick in.
Turns out that reducing planned spending might actually mean
cutting out a program or two, and the folks who run those programs
don’t want that to happen. And neither do the private contractors
and researchers who rely on public grants to fund their
projects.I’m sympathetic, actually: It’s no fun at all to see your
program discontinued or your job cut back, and of course everyone
has arguments for why their program is valuable and shouldn’t be
cut. But that’s part of what can happen when relying on taxpayers
to pay the bills. Public funding inevitably means a politicized
funding process, one that’s subject to the shifting whims of
Congress.You can see that in the complaints the article notes about how
agency managers have had to plan for sequestration: 
“Across the system millions of dollars were spent in shutdown
procedures and gearing-back-up procedures,” said Joan Anzelmo, a
park superintendent from Colorado who retired four months
later.
This time around, a frustrated senior executive at the
Department of Homeland Security said he and his staff have spent
countless hours remaking budgets for every contingency.
“First we were told not to develop plans” for sequestration,
said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity in order
to speak frankly. “Then we spent seven days a week coming up with
them and [the cuts] got postponed. Now we’re doing it all over with
new targets. It’s taking away from what we need to get done.”
Office of Management and Budget spokesman Steven Posner declined
to comment on the planning costs. But Jeffrey Zients, the OMB’s
acting budget director, warned lawmakers last summer that any
planning “would necessarily divert scarce resources” from other
important missions and priorities, “to say nothing of the
disruptive effects this exercise would have” on federal workers and
contractors. 
If one of the biggest problems with the possibility of
sequestration is that federal agencies might have to plan for how
to deal with sequestration, then there’s probably not that much to
worry about. 

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Federal Agencies Hit By Budget Cuts Object to Budget Cuts


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