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1. Http://www.labor.ny.gov/ui/claimantinfo/ExtendedBenefits.shtm Updated March 1, 2013: Beginning with the week ending April 7th, federal government budget cuts known as sequestration could affect your unemployment insurance benefits. If you are receiving regular UI benefits you will NOT see any change. However, if you are receiving federal extended unemployment benefits that start after 26 weeks, the federal government has directed us to reduce your payments by 10.7% beginning that first week in April. New York State has no control over these cuts in benefits and no ability to waive or reduce the level of cuts. If you are going to be affected, you will receive a letter during the month of March telling you your exact benefit amount. Please check this website for the most up to date information concerning the sequestration cuts. And please be aware that our telephone call center agents do not have any more up to date information, so it is best to use our webpage, Facebook page or contact the United States Department of Labor at 1866-487-2365, the White House at 202-456-1414 or your member of Congress at 202224-3121. 2. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/04/sequestrationairports_n_2807667.html?utm_hp_ref=politics Passengers may see greater impact at airports from cuts to the Transportation Security Administration, which issued a statement on Monday saying that "travelers can expect to see lines and wait times increase as reductions to overtime and the inability to backfill positions for attrition begin to occur this month." The TSA went on to write: "while wait times can vary on a number of factors, due to the reductions mandated by sequestration, TSA will put in place a hiring freeze, which will result in up to an additional 1,000 TSO vacancies by Memorial Day Weekend and up to 2,600 vacancies by the end of the fiscal year." The agency added that during busy travel periods, wait times could double at the larger airports for those already waiting 30 to 40 minutes. Others expecting minimal wait times at less busy airports could now find themselves in a half-hour long wait. Some international flights have been delayed as well. In a statement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection reported that during the first morning of sequestration, it experienced "spikes in wait times at the top two international gateway airports." The extended wait
times were due to reductions in staffing, the agency reported. "At John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) in New York, CBP had approximately 56 flights with wait times in excess of 2 hours, and 14 flights over 3 hours," CBP explained in its statement. "Miami International Airport (MIA) reported 51 flights over 2 hours, and 4 flights approached/exceeded 3 hours. "These wait times are not typical for this time period, and are related to decreased booth staffing." 3. From AARP: http://www.aarp.org/politics-society/government-elections/info-02-2013/how-thesequester-could-affect-social-security-and-medicare.html?CMP=KNC-360IYAHOOBING-POLGEL&HBX_PK=sequester&utm_source=YAHOOBING&utm_medium=cpc&utm_ term=sequester&utm_campaign=M_Politics%2B& %2BSociety&360cid=SI_551107443_2125693685_1 Will anything happen to my Social Security payments? No worries here either. Social Security and disability payments were exempt from the budget cuts. On the other hand, the Social Security Administration might reduce services to the public, close some offices and watch its already epic backlog of disability claims grow even bigger. What about Medicaid and Veterans Affairs compensation payments? The same as for Social Security — no change in benefits. That's also true for SNAP (formerly the food stamps program) and Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Will Meals on Wheels keep delivering to my home? The program will take a hit, although the immediate effect is unclear. Long-term, it could mean 4 million fewer meals for older people, according to the White House budget office. What will happen to the economy? That's a tough one. Predictions aren't nearly as dire as they were for the fiscal cliff, but economic growth will likely slow and, by some estimates, up to 1 million jobs could be lost. A few economists even say we'll slip back into recession.
What could happen to my retirement investments? That's anyone's guess. Many Wall Street analysts think the stock market will tumble as a result of the projected decline in gross domestic product — and the gridlocked situation in Washington. Others, though, think the markets will show little change — and even improve in the long run. So, depending on where your money is, this could have different effects on your portfolio. Still, all this is highly speculative at this point. If you're relying on your investments right now for retirement income, your situation is just as unpredictable. What if I have plans to visit a national park? Definitely check ahead. A National Parks Service memo instructs staff to plan for sharp cuts in the ranks of park rangers and deep cuts in park hours and services.
4. From the Daily Orange http://dailyorange.com/2013/03/sequester-could-causeflight-delays-during-spring-break/ For college students, the effects of sequestration could also be felt in the form of financial aid. The budget cuts will affect certain federal financial aid for students, as well as the federal work-study program, according to a statement by U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan. “We might see decreases in federal aid, which could make all the difference for someone on the edge of not being able to afford college,” said Colin Crowley, president of SU’s College Democrats and columnist for The Daily Orange. James Ward, president of the College Republicans, couldn’t be reached for comment. In addition, Crowley said students will likely feel the brunt of negative economic effects resulting from budget cuts. He said economic downturns usually cause students to find fewer and lower-paying jobs. Despite all of the potential repercussions of the sequester, Crowley said he doesn’t think students are particularly well informed about the budget cuts. “It’s difficult for anyone, students included, to maintain interest when we have a fiscal cliff every two weeks,” Crowley said. “Eventually, people stop caring and I think we’re starting to see that happen.”
5. From Syracuse.com http://blog.syracuse.com/opinion/2012/08/sequestration_blues_automatic.html The automatic defense cuts, on top of $487 billion in reductions already agreed to over the next decade could have dire consequences for national security and military policy, according to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta. Sequestration would slash funds for low-income school grants, special education and Head Start, affecting some 30.7 million children, according to Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa. Job-training funds and childcare subsidies would disappear. Economists predict the loss of jobs and job support programs could plunge the nation back into recession. 6. From “FedSmith” http://www.fedsmith.com/2013/03/05/sequestration-loweringmorale-increasing-desire-to-retire/?utm_source=daily20130306&utm_medium=email&utm_term=headlinerelated&utm_content=html&utm_campaign=fedsmith-daily-newsletter
79% of respondents say the political dispute surrounding sequestration has impacted the work of their agency. Only 42% of those responding would advise young workers to pursue a federal career.
The survey also invited open-ended comments, and over 300 individuals shared their opinions. The general tenor of the comments mirrors some of the moribund trends in the response highlights above, such as a low morale when it comes to recommending federal employment to younger workers. The following is a sample of some of the comments: “I have never seen morale so low. We had a young intelligent person that was hired, and after 6 months resigned.” “Expertise has been lost for many years before now and the department has dumbeddown its expectations of quality to meet the lower levels.” “I used to be proud of my service to my Country; USMC and 31 years in federal law enforcement. Now, we’re just a target for politicians, the media, and the uninformed public. It doesn’t matter anymore, and it hurts. I used to be proud to say that I am a Federal Civil Servant … not anymore.”
7. From the New York Daily News http://www.nydailynews.com/news/politics/sequester-blues-white-house-toursspending-cuts-article-1.1280164 The Obama administration announced Tuesday that all public tours of the White House will be canceled after Friday because of budget cuts hitting all areas of the federal government. 8. From the Federal Times http://www.federaltimes.com/article/20130306/AGENCY01/303060004/Vilsackdefends-need-furlough-meat-inspectors The cuts would sharply curtail or halt meat inspections, resulting in $10 billion in production losses and more than $400 million in lost wages to employees, according to USDA. Federal law requires beef, poultry, pork and other meats to contain the USDA’s inspection seal before they are shipped. Without these necessary inspections, shipments to grocery stores would stop and prices for beef, chicken and other meats that have already been approved for sale on supermarket shelves would increase. 9. From the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials http://www.astho.org/Advocacy/Sequestration-Fact-Page/ As a result of sequestration, the major federal public health agencies will have significantly reduced funds to devote to state health grants and programs, which could have severe implications for how effectively public health agencies can respond to emergencies. The upcoming sequester will affect such critical public health programs as childhood and adult vaccination, disaster preparedness and recovery, maternal and child health, and foodborne outbreak prevention and investigation. After sequestration, funding for these and other programs will plummet to $26.5 billion. 10. From Salon http://www.salon.com/2013/03/05/sequester_could_hamper_wall_street_investigatio ns/ The Federal Bureau of Investigations told lawmakers in a recent letter that across-theboard cuts resulting from sequestration “will cause current financial crimes investigations to slow as workload is spread among a reduced workforce.
11. From FederalNewsRadio.com http://www.federalnewsradio.com/475/3244349/CBP-issues-tens-of-thousands-offurlough-notices Customs and Border Protection has begun sending agency-wide
furlough notices to its employees. More than 60,000 people are employed by CBP….furloughs will begin no earlier than April 21 and will continue through the end of the fiscal year. Full-time employees can expect no more than 14 days off, while furloughs for part-time employees will be prorated. 12. From DCist http://dcist.com/2013/03/furlough_notices_arrive_for_more_fe.php The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday notified its employees that they will be furloughed for 11 discontinuous days beginning the week of April 7. 13. From the Huffington Post http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/08/2013furloughs_n_2836330.html They said Social Security would not be affected by the sequester budget cuts. Not so, according to the Huffington Post: The Social Security Administration, for example, says it hopes to avoid furloughs altogether, instead saving money by terminating more than 1,500 temporary and other workers and losing more than 5,000 other positions through attrition. 14. From Government Executive Magazine—a preliminary agency by agency breakout of federal employee furloughs resulting from the sequester: http://www.govexec.com/management/2013/03/furlough-watchpotential-agency-agency-impacts-sequestration/61535/?oref=skybox 15. From Business Insider http://www.businessinsider.com/the-sequester-will-bea-shellacking-consumers-and-businesses-2013-2 Government officials, major defense contractors and policy think tanks have warned that – if allowed to occur –sequestration would result in the loss of a million or more jobs across the country in the coming year. 16. From the Herald and News: NY Courts will be affected! http://www.heraldandnews.com/article_8bd50db0-8950-11e28778-001a4bcf887a.html A four-page directive by the Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts that took effect March 1 put in place so-called emergency measures throughout the federal court system.
They include possible suspension of civil jury trials during September, deferring payments to court-appointed lawyers for two weeks and reducing court security 25 hours to 1,933 hours per officer. “The immediate effects of sequestration will impact everything from the security at courthouses to the supervision of offenders,” U.S. District Judge Thomas Hogan, director of the administrative office, said in a statement. “Work that will allow the courts to operate more smoothly, and in most cases, save money, will either be delayed or worse — canceled.” 17. From CommackPatch—Thousands of federal employees who work in NY State could be affected by the sequester. Site has a countyby-county link showing the number of federal workers (not including PO). NYC and Long Island area to be heavily hit: approximately 47,000 federal workers. http://commack.patch.com/articles/infograph-sequestration-couldaffect-over-7000-jobs-in-suffolk-c75879ae 18. From OPM.gov http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/data-analysis-documentation/federalemployment-reports/reports-publications/federal-civilian-employment/ There are 62,325 federal workers in NY State who could be impacted by the sequester. 19. EyeOnWashington.com http://www.eyeonwashington.com/few_map_2012/htm/New_York.html There are 8545 federal workers and annuitants in Onondaga County, New York
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