Government Executive highlights a new report by the Center for American Progress finding that “the tactics federal agencies used to reduce furloughs in fiscal 2013 are, in many cases, no longer available” for 2014.
From the Introduction: “There are four factors making next year’s sequester even more damaging than this year’s. First, and most simply, the sequester makes larger cuts in 2014 than it did in 2013. Second, many of the cuts that were legally made this year have not actually been implemented yet. Third, one-time fixes that mitigated sequestration’s worst impacts in 2013 cannot be used again next year. Fourth, sequestration made cuts to little-noticed but critical functions of government—cuts that will be particularly devastating if they are not reversed soon.”