The federal courts system needs $72.9 million in supplemental funding this year to prevent layoffs and other repercussions from sequester-related budget cuts, says the Judicial Conference of the United States. "The judiciary is confronting an unprecedented fiscal crisis that could seriously compromise the constitutional mission of the United States courts," the letter says.
The Defense Department will furlough its civilian employees for 11 days due to sequestration cuts, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in a prepared statement May 14. Furloughs will begin July 8 at a rate of one day per week.
The Federal Aviation Administration will keep open 149 contract towers that were originally slated for closure in June due to money from Congress that helped end employee furloughs, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement May 10. The Reducing Flight Delays Act allowed the FAA to transfer money stop furloughs of air traffic controllers and some of that money will also be used keep the contract towers open through fiscal 2013, LaHood said.
Despite reports saying the State Department will not furlough employees due to sequestration cuts, a State Department spokesperson said no decision has been made on whether to furlough employees.
For the first time since December 2012, the Office of Personnel Management received in April fewer claims for retirement than projected, show OPM retirement statistics (.pdf). OPM received 7,059 claims; it had projected 8,000 new claims.
The Federal Aviation Administration has decided to keep its contract weather observers at 140 airports nationwide through the current fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30.
The Defense Department would apply civilian furloughs with "consistency and fairness" should the be necessary, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an April 26 letter (.pdf) to Congress. Sequestration, which went into effect March 1, requires the DoD to cut approximately $40 billion in the current fiscal year.
The Federal Aviation Administration plans to eliminate airport weather observers due to sequestration cuts, according to an FAA document (.pdf). The move comes on the heels of Congress passing a bill to shift funds to save air traffic controls to be furloughed to help the FAA meet its sequester cuts.
The Smithsonian Institution has closed portions of three exhibits for the remainder of the fiscal year, which ends Sept. 30, due to across the board funding cuts known as sequestration.
The Office of Personnel Management suspended all overtime for all employees working in retirement services due to sequestration cuts, OPM Associate Director of Retirement Services Ken Zawodny said in an April 29 blog post . Retirees should expect an increase in the time required to process their claims and respond to inquiries, Zawodny said.