That’s the theme of the week – budget meetings.
The way the $85 billion sequestration works is there’s no actual discretion to the across-the-board discretionary cuts. We must cut per OMB’s assigned percentage. For non-DOD agencies that equals 5% for this fiscal year. 1 That 5%, compressed into a little over two fiscal quarters, actually then equals 10%.
Normally one would simply tighten the old belt, put on a grin and go out and win one for the Gipper.
The problem is the Gipper has been fucking us lately. A lot. 2
Have you been listening to the more recent, less scary news about the CR? For those of you that have not, CR stands for continuing resolution, which in essence means that instead of doing their Constitutionally assigned work Congress has decided to ‘fund’ the federal government’s day to day operations at “their current level.”
Which is to say whatever monies Departments and Agencies had been allotted at the beginning of FY13 3 would continue onward at the same rate through September 30th, 2013.
The hitch in that git-along is we are already under a CR, have been since 1 October 2012.
In fact we, and most of the non-DOD government, have been under a CR since 2010. Which means we have been funded at 2009 appropriation levels for the last 4 years.
Again, that’s fine as far as it goes; no one is more vehemently opposed to government waste than dedicated government employees. 4
But here’s the rub – our work is mandated by Congress itself. Congress continually creates new acts, laws and regulations that must then be enforced by already understaffed and resource lacking Departments and agencies. So new work created by perpetual legislation is simply piled on top of existing workloads.
Which of course means perpetually stealing Peter’s time to work for Paul, not to mention Tom, Dick and Harry.
The end result is some shit already don’t get done.
Now…factor in this new 10% reduction in total resources.
As our little friend once remarked, “They fuck ya, they fuck ya, they fuck ya!”
The previous mini-wail brought to you by the following facts
- The federal government spends about $120 billion a year on non-DOD federal civilian wages and benefits
- $36 billion in military hardware to be destroyed in place when US leaves Afghanistan 5
- Hell, yes, we’re hiring!