Dear AOC Employees, Sequestration takes effect today and the AOC’s current funding for Fiscal Year

2013 will be reduced by approximately 5.3%. While this reduction in funding will be difficult for us to absorb, the good news is the AOC has taken proactive steps to slow spending and plan for the cuts since last October. As I mentioned in my note to you last week, our planning and preparations will allow us to implement changes more slowly, reducing the impact of Sequestration on our customers and AOC employees. At this time, we will begin implementing the AOC’s Sequestration plan. The top priorities in the plan are maintaining critical support for Congress and the Supreme Court and supporting AOC employees. We will focus our efforts first on the following: • • • • • • • Reducing or eliminating certain contracts Postponing some repair and alteration projects Trimming maintenance and operations programs Reducing bench stock and supply levels Delaying replacement of old equipment Further reducing overtime, training, and awards Limiting new hiring

We do not anticipate furloughs for AOC employees as a result of Sequestration. However, we will not know the AOC’s final budget for this year until Congress passes legislation to replace the existing continuing resolution, which expires March 27. If that legislation further reduces our budget, we may have to consider additional spending reductions, which could include furloughs. We will utilize furloughs, if necessary, only as a way to avoid more harmful actions such as a Reduction in Force. In the coming weeks, you will hear more news as we begin to implement different actions in our Sequestration plan. Additionally, I will provide another update once we learn more about our final funding level for the rest of Fiscal Year 2013. To stay informed, I encourage you to subscribe today to receive AOC news and announcements to your personal email address or phone subscribe today. It is important that we continue to work together as one team to overcome the challenges created by these funding cuts and achieve our critical mission. I truly appreciate how hard you work every day to care for our customers. Thank you, Stephen T. Ayers, FAIA, LEED AP

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