Are Federal Furloughs The New Normal?

Guest Host:

Marc Fisher
Are Federal Furloughs The New Normal?

We take a close look at the impact of this summer’s federal belt-tightening and ask what could be ahead for government agencies and their workers.

When sequester cuts went into place last spring, leaders of federal agencies began issuing dire predictions for their workforces, including dozens of furlough days for hundreds of thousands of employees. Now, while most federal workers have their days of unpaid leave behind them, many wonder if it's back to business as usual or if another year of fiscal austerity is in store. As Congress prepares to negotiate next year’s federal budget, we take a close look at the impact of this summer’s federal belt-tightening and ask what could be ahead for government agencies and their workers.

Guests

Donald Kettl

Dean, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland; nonresident senior fellow, Brookings Institution

Carol Bonosaro

President, Senior Executives Association

Todd Harrison

Senior fellow for Defense Budget Studies, Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments

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