Jeff Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, told the House Armed Services Committee, “We will be ready across the government if unfortunately Congress doesn’t do its job.”

AX_Dollar_SignThe Obama administration’s budget chief recently warned that threatened automatic budget cuts would have a devastating effect on the government, but he provided few details of the specific impact on federal workers and agencies at a congressional hearing.

In testimony before the House Armed Services Committee, Jeff Zients, acting director of the Office of Management and Budget, described areas of public safety that would suffer in the event of sequestration, including reductions in the number of FBI and Border Patrol agents, cuts to Federal Aviation Administration operations, and fewer food safety and workplace inspections.

Zients said all federal agencies will be ready to impose sequestration on Jan. 2 if no deficit agreement is reached to avoid the automatic cuts, but he did not provide specific details of the preparations. “We will be ready across the government if unfortunately Congress doesn’t do its job,” Zients said.

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Source: Steve Vogel | The Washington Post