Sequestration is the automatic implementation of $1.2 trillion in federal budget cuts, divided evenly between defense and non-defense spending, and spread out over 10 years, beginning in January 2013. If Congress does not delay or reverse Sequestration by March 1, 2013, DoD must cut the budget for remainder of the year by $46 billion. For the Florida National Guard, we estimate that we may have to cut approximately $19 million from our budget for the remainder of this year. This is an “across the board” cut that will negatively impact training, maintenance, personnel and all of the systems that support these areas. Among other things, we might be required to:
- Implement a 22-day furlough for all federal dual and non-dual status technicians (that would not happen until April 1, 2013)
- Suspend depot maintenance on equipment and our aviation assets
- Further reduce training opportunities to include Annual Training for those not preparing to deploy
Personnel and programs that directly support deploying units will not be affected.
The CR that was approved in October 2012 is a “stop-gap” measure that ensures the Federal Government can continue to operate without an approved budget. It was designed to “hold us over” until Congress approves a budget, was based upon 2012 funding levels, and expires on March 27. The best outcome for all would be for Congress to approve a final budget for FY13, but that appears to be less likely in the remainder of the fiscal year, which runs from October 1 to September 30 each year.
If Congress allows the CR to expire, the federal government will shut down. This will immediately impact many of our employees, as we must cease operations, training, travel and all support operations that are not “exempt” and do not directly support deploying units. Essentially, we would be required to furlough federal technicians and suspend non-exempt ADOS personnel and some contract positions until government funding is restored.
If the CR is extended, federal operations will continue, but at reduced levels. This will still impact training and operations.
Combination of Sequestration and Expiration of the CR
The potential consequences of both of these situations occurring in the next 45 days will have a prolonged and detrimental effect on the Florida National Guard. Implementing furloughs and cancelling certain types of training and maintenance operations will impact our readiness. We are working diligently to develop detailed planning to execute one or both of these scenarios, and are carefully considering the impacts to our Florida Guard Family and the readiness of our force. We will continue to provide information as we receive it.
Thank you for your service.
Emmett R. Titshaw Jr.
The Adjutant General of Florida
FOR MORE INFORMATION CONTACT:
Florida National Guard Public Affairs Office – Phone: (904) 823-0166