September 19, 2013 In his first remarks to reporters since taking office this month, FBI Director Jim Comey addressed security concerns following the Navy Yard shootings that left 13 people dead. He also talked about sequestration and leaks on government surveillance programs.
September 12, 2013 In his first full week on the job, FBI Director Jim Comey expressed "intense concern" that sequester cuts could result in two weeks of furlough days for agents and the loss of 3,000 positions. He says it's a big national security worry.
August 26, 2013 The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay. A new tally by Federal News Radio shows that many agencies took fewer than half the days they predicted.
June 12, 2013 Samuel Richard Rubin says budget and sequester cuts mean he just can't afford to take on a complex case involving an Uzbek national who is facing charges in two states.
March 22, 2013 The FAA has trimmed the number of towers it plans to close as it shrinks its budget in response to sequestration. Officials spared 40 airport towers it had previously planned to shutter.
March 6, 2013 The House has approved a bill to fund the federal government through the end of September. The continuing resolution introduced by Rep. Harold Rogers (R-KY), who heads the Appropriations Committee, would avoid a potential government shutdown on March 27.
March 1, 2013 On Sequester Day in Washington, lots of Twitter users invoked a favorite movie line to express their views on the automatic spending cuts. Some criticized the federal government; others just poked fun.
March 1, 2013 The president met with Congressional leaders at the White House. But as before, Democratic and Republican leaders could not agree on a way forward. So at the end of the day, $85 billion worth of automatic spending cuts start kicking in.
March 1, 2013 Once again lawmakers are up against a deadline. This time, it looks like they won't strike some sort of deal. That means about $85 billion worth of spending cuts will start to spread across many federal agencies.
February 28, 2013 No rational person would try to cut nearly all government spending by a fixed amount, regardless of the individual merit of any given program. That's kind of the point.
February 19, 2013 It's widely accepted that indiscriminate spending cuts in defense and domestic programs due to start March 1 are likely to occur owing to the failure of President Obama and the Republican-led House to reach an agreement. But where voters will place most of the blame is still an open question.
February 19, 2013 Federal programs, including many that provide health care, could soon be hit with deep cuts to their budgets. Agencies won't close, but services ranging from food inspections to vaccinations could be cut back. And the health care industry warns that half a million jobs could be lost within a year.
January 30, 2013 Federal spending cuts may have hurt the U.S. economy's fourth-quarter growth. But don't count on that changing the dynamics of the current debate over the sequester, the ax poised to start hacking $1.2 trillion from federal spending if Congress fails to stop it by the March 1 deadline.