The across-the-board federal budget cuts known as sequestration officially began March 1, but the pain is just beginning to be felt by federal agencies and offices in southwestern Ohio.
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How federal sequestration is affecting some federal agencies in southwest Ohio:
Head Start (Miami Valley Child Development Centers, Inc.): Expecting a 5 percent federal funding cut resulting in furloughs, cuts to health benefits for some employees and a decrease in enrollment of about 150 children in the fall.
Federal Public Defenders of the Southern District of Ohio: 11 percent budget cut prompted the resignation of the head of the office, Steve Nolder. It will also require about 14 furlough days for the 36 employees in the district, cuts to travel and expert witnesses, and elimination of training.
Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: No furloughs, but cuts to summer seasonal hires and programs offered at the Wright Cycle Company complex and the Huffman Prairie Flying Field. Daily hours will be shorted to 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
No furloughs for these agencies
Federal Aviation Administration: Congress passed Friday legislation that allows the agency to shift funds from other accounts and avoid layoffs and end furloughs. Other unspecified program to be cut.
Transportation Safety Administration: Congress had previously passed legislation to allow the TSA to avoid furloughs of its security screening employees.
Federal courts: The Southern District of Ohio United States District Court will be able to cut enough in other areas to keep its employees on the job until the end of federal fiscal year, September.
U.S. Attorneys Office: Attorney General Eric Holder said in a memo obtained by the Dayton Daily News that the Department of Justice will be able to avoid furloughs with a hiring freeze and cuts to contractors.