Skip to comments.Homeland Security Prepares Budget Cuts ... Up to 1,000 Furloughs at Secret Service
Posted on 02/12/2013 7:54:43 PM PST by 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
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 agencys sequestration preparations, referring all questions to the White Houses 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 Appropriations Committee have.
A "Dear Colleague" letter, signed by former House Appropriations 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.
Great. No maybe the Federal Government can get by with half a billion rounds of ammo.
Sex and ammo workers most affected.
Maybe they just need to shut the dept of motherland security down, and send Janet home.
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/
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.
NO!!! I just MOVED to AZ! Can't she go to some TOTALLY leftist state?
Yawn...! This crap gets boring. Lay off two thousand.
It’s a good start.
Boys, put your wedding rings on. You’re going home.
“As many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and workers could be furloughed as Homeland Security prepares for sequestration”
Yeah, that would work. A raft to Cuba would work, too.
Heck, I’d throw in a bottle of water...
Obama: Defense sequester will not happen
October 22, 2012 at 10:49 pm
President Obama says the defense sequester will not happen
Woo hoo! All this country needs is a thousand well armed pissed off bureaurats roaming the countryside.
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....
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!
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.
Good — get rid of the fat
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.
No doubt W’s security detail is first on the chopping block.
Lean times ahead for the bars and brothels of DC.
Instead, how about a 10% cut in pay?
They’d be far, far better off to get rid of those clowns busily feeling up old ladies at our airports.
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.
Too bad we can’t furlough the whole DHS into infinity.