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Sequester Watch, #32

November 26th, 2013

Our 32nd edition of sequester watch features stories about defense cuts, scientific research, and furloughs at a Portsmouth, NH shipyard. There’s also a lot of pick up of a piece by the Center for American Progress on how sequester cuts will be deeper in 2014 than 2015.  But then there’s this piece below (“negotiators working… Read more

Sequester Watch, #30 & 31

November 18th, 2013

We’re combining two weeks of SW, and an important theme as we head into next year is what does 2014 hold in store for agencies and their programs in terms of sequestration cuts?   Among those who think about such things, there’s sometimes an assumption that there will be “no new negative fiscal impulse.”  That is,… Read more

Sequester Watch, #29

November 4th, 2013

Sequestration continues to whack budgets, programs, and communities across the land.  The longer these cuts persist, the more they become the “new normal,” i.e., an accepted and expected component of future budgets/CRs.  It’s good to hear that the White House recognizes this danger and would like to see sequestration replaced.  But that will take compromise,… Read more

Sequester Watch, #28

October 28th, 2013

The sequester continues to indiscriminately whack away at everything from schools to space missions, so we continue to document the damage.  What’s notable is that the budget talks that are just starting may–and that’s “may,” not “will,”–find a way to offset some of these spending cuts over the next couple of years. As I wrote… Read more

Sequester Watch, #27

October 23rd, 2013

Interesting but not unexpected: as sequestration lingers–as it becomes the new normal–there are fewer articles about its effects.  I suspect this will incorrectly be taken to mean that it’s not having much of an impact, as opposed to the what’s really going on, i.e., the new normal: we’re learning to live with the damage that… Read more