Okay Network faithful, our nation's leaders still have until midnight tonight to resolve the sequestration nightmare, which is the deadline for the President to send out official notice on sequestration, though it does not look good. However, there has been a bit of confusion on the timing and some agencies could start issuing furloughs today. The guidance from the Office of Personnel Management sates that the sequester would take effect March 1, 2013. For those Network faithful with a strong constitution, you can read the OMB memo on administrative furloughs here.
Maybe the Administration and Congress are consulting a numerologist to decide when to resolve the sequestration conundrum. It appears more and more likely that 3-1-2013 just isn't a good number combination for resolution. So how about 3-27-2013? Maybe that will be better. That is the day when a stopgap continuing resolution, or CR, expires. So technically, there is still time to figure out a plan.
What does all of this mean for us? While it would be tempting to throw your hands up in frustration, we strongly encourage you not to. Stay as vigilant as ever and consult the sequestration action pages below for specific actions you can take. The issues are still the same - no more cuts to Non Defense Discretionary (NDD) programs.
- Continue contacting your elected representatives to tell them no more cuts to NDD programs
- Use the materials from our sequestration tool kit page for your advocacy efforts It's an oldie but a goodie!
- Check out Sequestration Central
Hang in there folks!