The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration? That would be… one.

posted at 9:21 pm on May 8, 2014 by Erika Johnsen

After Congress approved and President Obama subsequently signed into law the Budget Control Act of 2011 — complete with the provision that automatic spending cuts that came to be known as sequestration would kick in on March 1st, 2013 if the so-called “super commitee” failed to come up with more specific deficit reduction measures — we were treated to all kinds of warnings about how absolutely necessary it was that Congress learn to cooperate, because sequestration would be beyond devastating. Teachers and firefighters would start receiving pink slips; TSA lines at airports would grow to prohibitive lengths; the White House would have to cancel tours; federal workers numbering in the millions were getting laid off; lions and tigers and bears, oh my!

Yeah… not according to an audit from the Government Accountability Office:

Only one employee in the entire federal government lost a job due to sequestration, according to a government audit that found the only permanent cut came at the U.S. Parole Commission, which eliminated one position. …

“Despite relentless warnings about the dire consequences of sequestration’s budget cuts, it appears sequestration resulted in only one layoff,” he said. “While that’s good news for federal employees and other workers, it is devastating to the credibility of Washington politicians and administration officials who spent months — and millions of dollars — engaging in a coordinated multi-agency cabinet-level public relations campaign to scare the American people.” …

Seven departments or agencies did furlough employees, but even that was less than a third of government agencies and departments surveyed by the GAO. Instead, those 15 departments and agencies that didn’t furlough employees ended up using leftover savings or cutting other programs. …

According to the GAO, nearly every agency or department affected by sequestration canceled or limited bonuses, cut travel and training, and limited overtime.

So, in short, sequestration accomplished exactly what it was supposed to — and not nearly enough of it at that, despite politicians pushing the myth that we cannot possibly function without a gargantuan, sprawling, ever-growing federal government to create jobs and do things for us.



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Sadly it wasn’t the one we needed it to be.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

It’s a travesty. One federal job is worth 1 million private sector jobs. Imagine how many people are affected by the declarations of that one singe federal bureaucrat. Take your average private sector greedy sob. The most he is going to do is take food out of some child’s mouth. How many people didn’t know what to do or were not given the free shit to do it because of the loss of that one bureaucrat. Ted Cruz, this rests solely on your shoulders.

Rove told me so.

Murphy9 on May 8, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Sadly it wasn’t the one we needed it to be.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Beautiful …

Maxine Waters on 02/28/2013: “Over 170 Million Jobs Could Be Lost” Due To Sequestration

ShainS on May 8, 2014 at 9:33 PM

Three fewer than lost in Benghazi, go figure… Maybe we can get the Mainstream Media to point this out while they are covering Trey Gowdy’s investigation.

oscarwilde on May 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

Only one employee in the entire federal government lost a job due to sequestration,

My guess this was the convenient excuse for the U.S. Parole Commission to get rid of a particular individual.

I once worked a federal job where one of my colleagues was jokingly referred to as our resident poet. He did nothing for the government and filled his time writing poetry.

I suspect the casualty of sequestration was a kindred soul with the resident poet.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 9:41 PM

♫ The TSA fondlers keep grope, grope, groping along….♫

viking01 on May 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

The total number of federal jobs lost to sequestration? That would be… one.

But it wasn’t the right One.

thatsafactjack on May 8, 2014 at 9:42 PM

Sadly it wasn’t the one we needed it to be.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Sadly “the one we needed it to be” is open for debate. The rat-eared wonder, Boehner, McConnell……. All equally good choices.

Happy Nomad on May 8, 2014 at 9:44 PM

However, we did get to see the brownshirts from the NPS. It confirmed for many that the Federal government does not work for the American people.

d1carter on May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

And that one was probably a GOP donor.

faraway on May 8, 2014 at 9:47 PM

However, we did get to see the brownshirts from the NPS. It confirmed for many that the Federal government does not work for the American people.

d1carter on May 8, 2014 at 9:45 PM

Yep. I’ll never view them the same way again.

The militarization of civilian bureaucracies has become astonishing …

ShainS on May 8, 2014 at 9:52 PM

To people that pay attention, the sequester was a legitimate attempt at decreasing government spending. To the vast majority of Americans it was just another emotional driven issue pushed by Democrats. Democrats use every single issue emotionally.

JQA on May 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

It probably was an Inspector General getting too close to the truth.

viking01 on May 8, 2014 at 9:56 PM

According to the GAO, nearly every agency or department affected by sequestration canceled or limited bonuses, cut travel and training, and limited overtime.

Government processes are F-A-T!

I used to work in manufacturing, and we would use Lean Six Sigma on so many different things to keep process costs streamlined as much as possible (also improves consistency, dependability, and reliability of the processes as well)

They’ve just started using Lean Six Sigma in the healthcare industry in the last decade. People used to say that it couldn’t be applied to healthcare. Sure it can. Anywhere processes can exist, and anywhere those processes are F-A-T, it can be applied.

I’d love to see it applied to government!!!!

lineholder on May 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Democrats use every single issue emotionally.

JQA on May 8, 2014 at 9:55 PM

They have to, because facts or the truth would bury them.

oscarwilde on May 8, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Naturally, the employee at EPA who admitted he spends 4-6 hours a day surfing sado-masochistic porn sites was not the one who lost his job. That guy is still on the job, being paid, and has earned “performance bonuses” several times recently – which at the least shows his work could be done by a part-timer.

Adjoran on May 8, 2014 at 10:01 PM

No one in a position of authority wants to cut the size of the federal government: not the democrats and not the GOP establishment.

bw222 on May 8, 2014 at 10:03 PM

…probably retired!

KOOLAID2 on May 8, 2014 at 10:04 PM

Jackie,
You beat me to it.

Not the right One.

Tenwheeler on May 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM

Sadly it wasn’t the one we needed it to be.

Bishop on May 8, 2014 at 9:27 PM

Where is the effing “like” button?!?!?!?

ladyingray on May 9, 2014 at 3:13 AM

I know at least one agency planned ahead and was not going to have to do most of those internal cuts. We planned to cut the lowest priority things we do, things that were low payback nice-to-haves. OMB called and said we “weren’t feeling enough pain.” We were told to cut travel, training, outreach (voluntary speaking engagements), education, awards, etc. – basically all visible things that employees and the public would notice.

So instead of implementing good management contingency planning, the political appointees told us to do it piecemeal and visibly. I swear to anything this is the truth.

321mdl on May 10, 2014 at 1:48 PM