The Sequester http://www.kunc.org en New FBI Chief Says Budget Cuts Threaten Agency's Mission http://www.kunc.org/post/new-fbi-chief-says-budget-cuts-threaten-agencys-mission In his first full week on the job, new FBI Director Jim Comey is already expressing "intense concern" about budget cuts hitting the bureau as part of sequestration.<p>Comey used his first visits to FBI field offices in Virginia and New York, where he once served as a federal prosecutor, to sound an alarm about the ability to fulfill the agency's mission in a time of belt tightening.<p>"I was very surprised to learn about the impacts that sequestration is having on the FBI," Comey told reporters Monday outside an FBI building in Richmond, Va. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 15:51:00 +0000 Carrie Johnson 49512 at http://www.kunc.org New FBI Chief Says Budget Cuts Threaten Agency's Mission For Native Americans, Mental Health Budget Cuts Hit Hard http://www.kunc.org/post/native-americans-mental-health-budget-cuts-hit-hard Native American tribes gave up millions of acres to the federal government in the 19th century in exchange for promises of funded health care, education and housing. But time and again, those funds have been cut.<p>The recent across-the-board federal budget cuts, known as sequestration, are no exception. They came with a 5 percent reduction in funding for mental health services, including suicide prevention. Thu, 12 Sep 2013 06:58:00 +0000 49493 at http://www.kunc.org New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts http://www.kunc.org/post/new-school-year-brings-sequestration-pain-many-districts The superintendent of the Lancaster, Pa., school district is meeting with teachers and staff at George Washington Elementary. It's the start of a new school year, and he's trying to sound upbeat about the district's finances.<p>"We continue to lose 5 and 10 percent of budgets each year," Pedro Rivera tells them. "And our overall goal is to make those plans and stretch out dollars to not impact you, because no kids should go without. Right?"<p>Applause is polite but scattered, and Rivera's question hangs in the air. Sat, 07 Sep 2013 10:25:00 +0000 Claudio Sanchez 49304 at http://www.kunc.org New School Year Brings Sequestration Pain For Many Districts Which U.S. Agencies Have Taken The Most Furlough Days? http://www.kunc.org/post/which-us-agencies-have-taken-most-furlough-days The threat of furloughs loomed large early in 2013, when mandatory budget cuts seemed certain to force federal workers to skip anywhere from 10 to 22 days of work without pay this year. A <a href="http://www.federalnewsradio.com/1104/3429739/Graph-Total-furlough-days-lower-than-first-predicted">new tally by Federal News Radio</a> shows that many agencies have taken fewer than half the days they had predicted.<p>"While some agencies anticipated many furlough days, the actual number turned out to be much smaller," writes Federal News Radio's Michael O'Connell. Mon, 26 Aug 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Bill Chappell 48845 at http://www.kunc.org Which U.S. Agencies Have Taken The Most Furlough Days? Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More http://www.kunc.org/post/cutting-public-defenders-can-cost-federal-government-more These days, the Federal Public Defender's Office in Tucson, Ariz., has lots of space. Since the federal budget cuts known as sequestration began, the office has lost a quarter of its staff to layoffs or furloughs.<p>Under the Constitution, clients still need legal representation, so judges have to appoint private attorneys to replace the public defenders.<p>The sequester was supposed to save money. Sat, 24 Aug 2013 09:31:00 +0000 Ted Robbins 48758 at http://www.kunc.org Cutting Public Defenders Can Cost Federal Government More