Archive for March, 2013

Sequestration Impacts Unemployment Benefits in Pennsylvania

Friday, March 29th, 2013

As sequestration sets in like cracks in the sidewalk, the realities of its impact upon government employees and Americans nationwide is becoming clearer. One such reality? The reduction in unemployment benefits for thousands of Pennsylvanians, beginning next month. With a 10% cut to unemployment benefits, those affected can expect to see a reduction anywhere from $7-$61, contingent upon the amount of their check.

According to a representative from the Department of Labor and Industry, those who’ve been on unemployment for over 26 weeks should expect to see the reduction. In fact, 26 weeks is the cut-off: anyone receiving compensation checks for unemployment for less than that period of time will go on receiving their benefits without disruption. The state of Pennsylvania has begun notifying those who will be impacted by the change caused by sequestration.

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Sequestration Cuts to Reduce Unemployment Benefits for Thousands in PA

Sequestration, Government Agencies, and Federal Employees

Friday, March 1st, 2013

Sequestration: it’s the unavoidable $1 trillion in government budget cuts across the board, causing agency spending to be seriously limited as of this Friday. The news brings uncertainty for the employment of federal personnel. Government agencies are making announcements about furloughs beginning immediately, which could last anywhere from 22 days through the month of September, which marks the end of the fiscal year.

Many federal employees will find themselves with a furlough notice sometime this month, though undoubtedly many are hoping that before then, Congress will come to an agreement that will cut all the cuts that could soon happen for agency workers.

The motivation behind the major cuts is to get the national debt in check, which has become increasingly worse since the recession began in 2007, totaling $16 trillion. In the works for nearly a year now, the sequestration was previously postponed until March 1st as a part of the last session’s fiscal cliff deal.

The cuts will hit the Department of Defense and other national security agencies the hardest, with over $500 billion in downsizing. The remainder of the budget limitations will be directed towards domestic institutions like national parks, federal courts, the FBI, food inspections, and housing aid.

President Obama has spoken out on the planned $1 trillion in cuts, calling them flat-out “inexcusable” and concerned about the effect they will have on the economy as a whole. He’s expressed hope that constituent complaint about the cuts will invoke a redeliberation on behalf of the Republican Congress in order to reach an agreement that will better satisfy both parties.

Follow the news on sequestration from DHA, a federal consulting service in the Washington, DC area. We’ll be keeping you up to date on the looming budget cuts and what they mean for the government and its agencies.

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CNN Explains: Sequestration