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Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service
Washington Guardian ^ | February 11, 2013 | Sara Carter

Posted on 02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST by DogByte6RER

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Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service

• As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration

Bracing for the possibility of budget sequestration next month, the Homeland Security Department is making plans to furlough as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others employees, officials say.

Homeland Security issued its first agency-wide memorandum late last week preparing for sequestration, the sweeping automatic budget cuts set to take effect as early as March 1 under a prior deal between the White House and Congress to reduce the deficit. The Feb. 6 memo advised all federal employees that the “department leadership is engaged in extensive planning efforts” determining how best to deal with the potential budget cuts.

The memo, obtained by the Washington Guardian, hints at specific areas DHS officials are looking to reduce costs, including “operational or administrative costs in areas such as travel, facilities, and supplies.”

DHS officials also warned that they may “have to consider placing employees on temporary furlough, or taking other personnel actions, should sequestration occur. With respect to furloughs, all affected employees would be provided at least 30 days’ notice prior to executing a furlough.”

The Secret Service, which beyond protecting the president also investigates major financial crimes, is among the agency targeted for extensive furloughs. A Homeland Security official, with knowledge of the impending cuts, told the Washington Guardian that the Secret Service “is looking at reducing their forces by up to a thousand people" but added that "all federal agencies are facing drastic cuts if sequestration happens.”

Secret Service Spokesman Brian Leary said he could not comment on the agency’s sequestration preparations, referring all questions to the White House’s Office of Management and Budget.

OMB did not return numerous emails and calls seeking comment. DHS spokesman Peter Boogaard declined comment on the memo or impending cuts.

The details emerge as the Obama administration and Democrats try to pressure congressional Republicans to stop the sequestration cuts before they take effect, making public plans for specific cuts in national security program that long have been dear to the GOP.

Although DHS officials have not officially released current plans to handle possible sequestration, Democrats on the House Appropriation’s Committee have.

A "Dear Colleague" letter, signed by former House Appropriation’s Committee ranking Democrat Norm Dicks, of Washington, in October, listed the Secret Service, among other agencies, which will have to make major cuts to balance their budget.

Dicks' letter noted the Secret Service faces a reduction of 819 personnel “a cut to below FY 2006 force levels from current on-board levels which impacts the work of Special Agents, uniformed division officers, and protective detail personnel.”

Unlike the Defense Department, which has taken the lead in disclosing its plans to make $4 billion in drastic cuts, Department of Homeland Security officials have kept relatively quiet on their internal preparations for the March 1 deadline.

The DHS official, who was not authorized to speak on the matter, added that many agencies, including the Secret Service, have not authorized work “transfers due to the looming budget crisis and the cuts will reduce protective detail personnel.”

Beyond the reduction of personnel to Secret Service, the letter states that the DHS is facing personnel losses of more than 24,000, to include:

• reduction of 3,400 Border Patrol agents to below FY 2009 levels.

• reduce 7,403 U.S. Coast Guard personnel – facing force levels below FY 2006.

• reduce 7,240 Transportation Security Officers

• reduction of 932 Immigration and Customs Enforcement “a decrease of this magnitude would significantly impact efforts to investigate crimes involving counter-proliferation, terrorism, and transnational threats.”

• FEMA will see a reduction of 536 core personnel

• $116.6 million cut to the Federal Air Marshals program.

Federal employees, however, are expected to report for work on March 1, regardless of sequestration. The Office of Personnel Management issued new supplemental guidelines for administrative furloughs on Jan. 11.

Even “under sequestration, agencies would still have funds available after March 1, but the overall funding for the remainder of the fiscal year would be reduced” and employees should still report to work on March 1, the OPM guidelines state.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Government; Miscellaneous; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bodyguards; broke; budgetsequestration; furloughs; homelandsecurity; obamanation; praetorianguard; secretservice; unemployed; usss
Do this at your own peril ... Mr. Obama.
1 posted on 02/12/2013 7:54:55 PM PST by DogByte6RER
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To: DogByte6RER
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2 posted on 02/12/2013 7:56:52 PM PST by CMailBag
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To: DogByte6RER

Great. No maybe the Federal Government can get by with half a billion rounds of ammo.


3 posted on 02/12/2013 7:59:24 PM PST by DManA
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To: DogByte6RER

Sex and ammo workers most affected.


4 posted on 02/12/2013 8:02:37 PM PST by Paladin2
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To: DogByte6RER

Good riddance.


5 posted on 02/12/2013 8:05:19 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: CMailBag

Maybe they just need to shut the dept of motherland security down, and send Janet home.


6 posted on 02/12/2013 8:06:05 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: DogByte6RER; ding_dong_daddy_from_dumas; Gilbo_3; NFHale; Impy; AuntB; stephenjohnbanker; ...

I live in big gubmt $$$ Maryland and what I hear is that the DOD is planning this so it will be as painful as possible to raise the pressure on congress.

That is why Obama made it center stage tonight, but he did admit in the speech that he refused to pay for canceling defense cuts with other cuts. Republicans should pick this up/


7 posted on 02/12/2013 8:06:49 PM PST by sickoflibs (Losing to Dems and Obama is not a principle! Its just losing.)
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To: DogByte6RER

Wow, obastard is going to lay off his Preatorian Guard? Guess he’s counting on his Civil Defense Force (with a billion plus rounds of 40 cal but no real training) to replace them.

Yes, I do believe he really is that stupid.


8 posted on 02/12/2013 8:09:46 PM PST by piytar (The predator-class is furious that their prey are shooting back.)
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To: foundedonpurpose
........and send Janet home.

NO!!! I just MOVED to AZ! Can't she go to some TOTALLY leftist state?

9 posted on 02/12/2013 8:11:50 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: DogByte6RER

Yawn...! This crap gets boring. Lay off two thousand.


10 posted on 02/12/2013 8:12:10 PM PST by pallis
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To: DogByte6RER

It’s a good start.


11 posted on 02/12/2013 8:14:22 PM PST by Vermont Lt (Does anybody really know what time it is? Does anybody really care?)
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To: andyk

Boys, put your wedding rings on. You’re going home.


12 posted on 02/12/2013 8:15:57 PM PST by healy61
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To: healy61

Lol!


13 posted on 02/12/2013 8:18:51 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: DogByte6RER

“As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration”

Good start...


14 posted on 02/12/2013 8:19:37 PM PST by babygene ( .)
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To: Brad's Gramma

Guam maybe?


15 posted on 02/12/2013 8:19:47 PM PST by foundedonpurpose (It's time for a fundamental restoration, of our country's principles!)
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To: foundedonpurpose

Yeah, that would work. A raft to Cuba would work, too.

Heck, I’d throw in a bottle of water...


16 posted on 02/12/2013 8:27:52 PM PST by Bradís Gramma (Psalm 83)
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To: DogByte6RER

Obama: Defense sequester ‘will not happen’

October 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm

President Obama says the defense sequester “will not happen”


17 posted on 02/12/2013 8:32:11 PM PST by kcvl
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To: DogByte6RER

Woo hoo! All this country needs is a thousand well armed pissed off bureaurats roaming the countryside.


18 posted on 02/12/2013 8:37:43 PM PST by BipolarBob (Happy Hunger Games! May the odds be ever in your favor.)
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To: DogByte6RER

To be replaced with a new, hand-picked praetorian guard. Perhaps even, a Civilian National Security Force just as powerful, just as strong, just as well funded as the US Military....


19 posted on 02/12/2013 8:45:24 PM PST by Joe 6-pack (Qui me amat, amat et canem meum.)
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To: DogByte6RER
Homeland prepares budget cuts, up to 1,000 furloughs at Secret Service • As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration

Good! Why should a bunch of fat-cat lazy, elected officials get protected by the SS anyway, including 0dumb0! Let these rich lazy bastard liberals pay for their own security.

And speaking of sequestering.... layoff the entire TSA as well, doofus dumb-ass GW Bush's monstrosity & continuing legacy of undermining our country!

20 posted on 02/12/2013 8:46:31 PM PST by rcrngroup
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To: babygene

Don’t get your hopes up too soon. When they say furlough, they mean they will be taking mandatory days off without pay. The projection is up to 14 of those days for the rest of the fiscal year. In essence those furloughed will lose 1 1/2 paychecks over the year. Something like a 6% loss of salary.


21 posted on 02/12/2013 8:59:21 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: DogByte6RER

Good — get rid of the fat


22 posted on 02/12/2013 8:59:42 PM PST by Uncle Chip
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To: DogByte6RER

Hey!If we can’t defend ourselves with our god given rights under the second amendment than Obama really doesn’t need that protection either.

I’d like to say I’m worried for him but I’m NOT.

I have to worry about the safety of my family and myself.After all you can’t depend on law enforcement to protect you.You may just be victimised by them under the color of law of course.


23 posted on 02/12/2013 9:13:21 PM PST by puppypusher (The World is going to the dogs.)
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To: DogByte6RER

No doubt W’s security detail is first on the chopping block.


24 posted on 02/12/2013 9:51:04 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: DogByte6RER
• As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration

Lean times ahead for the bars and brothels of DC.

25 posted on 02/12/2013 9:51:12 PM PST by hinckley buzzard
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To: DogByte6RER

Instead, how about a 10% cut in pay?


26 posted on 02/12/2013 9:52:44 PM PST by AZLiberty (No tag today.)
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To: DogByte6RER

They’d be far, far better off to get rid of those clowns busily feeling up old ladies at our airports.


27 posted on 02/13/2013 12:01:08 AM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: piytar
The Secret Service's primary job has nothing to do with presidential security. They are the agency assigned to deal with counterfeiting, which was their initial assignment under Lincoln. During the Civil War the cheap paper and poor printing quality of U.S. currency was so bad, it was easy to fake. And since a number of banks and states also printed money, there were lots of people and capable printing presses in the country.

A better question to ask is why the president would cripple our ability to prevent fraudulent currency from devaluing the real stuff.

The Border Patrol is also being down-sized. The reason for that is too obvious to waste time discussing it.

28 posted on 02/13/2013 4:36:08 AM PST by Pecos (If more sane people carried guns, fewer crazies would get off a second shot.)
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To: CMailBag

Too bad we can’t furlough the whole DHS into infinity.


29 posted on 02/13/2013 11:10:40 AM PST by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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