Sequestration report a non-event for DOD

Even though the White House released a 394-page report on Sept. 14 detailing how millions will be cut from individual military spending accounts if the sequester cuts occur starting in 2013, Defense Department officials insist they’re still not drawing up plans to implement those cuts, reports Stars and Stripes.

The mindset of DOD officials is that, despite faltered efforts by lawmakers to find a remedy for the harsh automatic cuts scheduled to begin Jan. 2, they still believe Congress will find an alternative solution, the story said.

The DOD is working closely with the Office of Management and Budget, but “we have not begun any planning efforts," Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col Melinda Morgan said in the story.

“For them not to plan for this will make a horrible situation even worse,” one House Armed Services Committee staffer said in the story. “We’re just three months away from these cuts, and we still don’t know if they’ve done any planning."

The report further angered congressional Republicans and failed to provide information at the program, project and activity level, reported Politico.

"They only applied sequestration figures at the account level,” a HASC staffer told the news organization.

Lawmakers are laying the groundwork for post-election negotiations to avert the across-the-board budget cuts, Politico said.

The Office of Management and Budget document, which outlines plans for cutting federal spending by $1.2 trillion over a decade, was released a week after the deadline set by the Sequestration Transparency Act, reports FCW. The document includes line-by-line detail on more than 1,200 budget accounts, breaking down what is and what is not exempt from sequestration.

Sequestration is estimated to result in a 9.4 percent cut in non-exempt defense discretionary funding, and 8.2 percent in non-defense, non-exempt discretionary funding, FCW said.

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