Government grocery stores on U.S. military bases around the world will close one day each week starting in May.
The Environmental Protection Agency and U.S.
Customs and Border Protection have already started buying fewer office
supplies. And at the Department of Interior, employees have had to
cancel previously-approved conferences they were planning to attend.
In a small effort to cushion the cuts, the
Senate on Wednesday agreed to prevent furloughs of food inspectors and
to fund a program that paid some tuition for service members in a bill that would fund the government through the end of September.
Many federal agencies are already working under
hiring freezes, no bonuses and curtailed overtime, according to a memo
compiled by a union group.
Anticipating the cuts, the White House budget
office last month ordered "increased scrutiny" for all new hires,
bonuses and travel, even for those who don't work directly for the
Whether the hiring freezes and travel cuts
really prevent furloughs of other workers depends on the agency.
Paul Lester, director of federal fiscal policy
at the watchdog group Center for Effective Government, said some larger
agencies, like the Government Accountability Office, have been able to
prevent furloughs just by enacting a hiring freeze.
"So TSA can cut overtime and that's one way
they can avoid furloughs," Lester said. "It really depends on how
agencies are structured. In some cases, a hiring freeze just isn't going
to get the job done."
In the last five months, the Food Safety and
Inspection Service cut travel and conferences for employees and even
closed five district offices to prepare for budget cuts, said Michael
Young, a budget director at the U.S. Department of Agriculture during a
Tuesday House hearing.
Despite the cuts, the agency couldn't stop food
inspectors from facing a furlough for 11 days between April and
September. Only the Senate's funding measure, which passed Wednesday,
could stop the furloughs.
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