Why would the administration not welcome Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s efforts of finding smarter cuts that would offset furloughs?
There are smart cuts that Washington can make across the federal government, and sequestration proved it. Why? Because when the White House and Congress threw up their hands, refused to budget, and accepted the worst case scenario, federal agencies began to adapt and made smarter cuts to help minimize the damage.
…All week, while Congress fought over next year’s budget, federal workers were immersed in a separate frantic drama. They were trying to spend the rest of this year’s budget before it is too late. The reason for their haste is a system set up by Congress that, in many cases, requires agencies to spend all their allotted funds by Sept. 30. If they don’t, the money becomes worthless to them on Oct. 1. And — even worse — if they fail to spend the money now, Congress could dock their funding in future years. The incentive, as always, is to spend.
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Months ago President Obama insisted there was “no smart way” to make the sequester cuts. Flash forward and what do we see? The IRS, Pentagon, DOJ, USDA, Homeland Security, the vice president’s office and FAA all managed to find ways to cut costs and reduce the impact of the sequester or avoid furloughs altogether.
This year HHS is spending hundreds of millions of dollars to promote Obamacare and shielding it from those cuts. Rather than pushing for flexibility in implementing sequester cuts, HHS Secretary Sebelius laments not having an iPad-type budget to promote Obamacare. Priorities in Washington? Politics always comes first.
Numerous news outlets are reporting that Obama’s grand bargain proposals are really the same “warmed over” policies that didn’t fly the first time. And that debt ceiling thing? Forget about the president budging on his position. He said so himself just yesterday afternoon. All in all, it seems like the White House may be more willing to see a shutdown than they’re leading on.
Despite military leaders insisting they had “no choice” but to move forward with sequester furloughs, it seems they found a way to “scrimp” together enough savings to avoid future furlough days
At a time when most Americans are tightening their belt and federal agencies are implementing mass furloughs, the spend-it-or-lose-it mentality in Washington seems at odds with this administration’s pledge to be “responsible stewards” of the taxpayer dollar.
As the Department of Defense (DOD) is set to begin furloughs for hundreds of thousands of employees over the next three months, perhaps the DOD should take a look at its own spend-it-or-lose-it policies that destroy the incentive for program managers to save money.