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Sequestration: What will it mean for you?

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The supercommittee is shaping up to be Washington’s biggest flop since the 1961 Redskins. There’s five days left until Nov. 23, when its 12 members are supposed to come up with about $1.5 trillion in deficit reduction, but still no signs of life. The supercommittee is going to work through the weekend, but each party’s leaders are now publicly doubting it will succeed — and are jockeying to blame the other side.

Federal Times would like to hear from our readers on what they’re doing to prepare for sequestration — the $1.2 trillion in across-the-board cuts that would (theoretically) be mandated if the supercommittee fails. Budget specialists: How steep are the cuts you’re looking at, and where are you finding them? Human resources: Are you preparing for furloughs, more early outs and buyouts, or even RIFs? Are your contracting offices preparing to scale back contracts?

E-mail us at slosey@federaltimes.com or sreilly@federaltimes.com if you’d like to talk. If you don’t want your name used, that’s fine.

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  1. Shoop Says:
    November 18th, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Congress is about useless other than making themselves rich and their cronies rich.

  2. Rickster Says:
    November 20th, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    The two party system is corrupt and incompetent. Washington DC is ineffective. It is time to change the game plan. How, is open for discussion. Voting doesn’t seem to be working.

  3. Mia Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 7:44 am

    I am so tired of these congressional ‘civil servants’, who are supposed to be working for the people, allowing special interests and politicking to be an excuse for NOT doing the job they were hired to do. They should all go home for the Thanksgiving break and not come back. THEY need to be furloughed for complete incompetence.

  4. higginbotham1942 Says:
    November 21st, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Its time to vote these low life’s out of office. They cannot get anything done and just sit back using tax payers money to pay for their salary, health care and other benefits. I would like to have a penny for every dollar they waste and I would be a rich man……Signed, Frustrated

  5. Jim Says:
    November 22nd, 2011 at 10:25 am

    The DoD is overdue for cuts. Of course the dirtbags in charge will look to labor for the cuts. It’s time for the industrial military complex to be cut back. We are living in a unique time in the history of our country where we can effect real change. Now if our elected officials would just represent the will of their constituents, we could make the necessary changes. Cutting labor is the easy way out and unfortunately the most destructive. Do we need more ships, airplanes or bases on foreign soil? 95% of all Americans would say NO! I’m a life long conservative republican, but this current era of greed by unscrupulous politicians and big business sickens me. Is there a third party out there to represent my views? Stand tall and you’ll have my vote.