Saturday, March 2, 2013
Bloomberg news: About $1 billion may be taken from Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster-relief funds
Across-the-board federal spending cuts that began yesterday may block as much as $2.5 billion in Hurricane Sandy relief for New York and New Jersey, according to the Garden State’s junior U.S. senator, according to Bloomberg. About $1 billion may be taken from Federal Emergency Management Agency disaster-relief funds, the main source for FEMA help for individuals and communities, said Paul Brubaker, a spokesman for Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, according to Bloomberg. Bloomber reported that another $1.5 billion may be held out of block grants and transportation funding, Brubaker said. More can be found here.
Thursday, February 28, 2013
Should the White House and Congress fail to come to terms on budget cuts, sequestration would trim significant dollars from disaster recovery.
The numbers above show the federal employees in New Jersey by county in 2012, according to the latest figures from Eye on Washington, a DC-based lobbying firm that tracks federal employment. The interactive graphic compiles data from the Office of Personnel Management, Federal Employment Statistics and the Bureau of Labor Statistics. What it doesn't offer, however, is a look at how pending sequestration could impact the state's federal employees and the ongoing Hurricane Sandy recovery effort. Some officials say it's too soon to tell what impact sequestration cuts, which will total approximately $85 billion, could have, though the outlook isn't promising. New Jersey and Gov. Chris Christie are leaning on the federal government to cover the…
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
At least 11,000 civilian jobs under the military readiness category will be furloughed as a result of the budget cuts.
It may be too soon to tell what impact the sequester will have on local employment at NWS Earle in Colts Neck, but cuts take effect as soon as March 1. According to a statement from the White House, at least 11,000 civilian jobs under the military readiness category will be furloughed in New Jersey as a result of the budget cuts. Michael Brady, an NWS Earle spokesperson, said there are 450 civilian Department of Defense jobs on the base, but individual impact on each base is being handled by the DOD. Phone calls to the DOD Naval Press Office were not immediately returned. Through sequestration, the federal government would also save $75 million by furloughing 11,000 civilian military contractors, and another $59 million by cutting funding …