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    As if we already didn't know...but here it is in writing....

    Executive agencies did not prepare for the sequester despite knowing about impending cuts for over a year and a half, a congressional hearing on Tuesday afternoon revealed.
    He cited the FCC as an example of an agency that cut costs before March 1, resulting in smaller cuts across the board within the agency.

    “The FCC, by comparison, anticipated a law that has been on the books for 19 months, and began making sensible, if you will, austerity, while agency after agency acts surprised that a law signed by the president 19 months ago actually meant what it said,” he said.
    The failing to prepare is why troops are without TA right now. DOD leaders (and other federal agencies) continued to spend at the proposed increased rate without regard to possible impacts to their people once sequestration kicked in.

    http://freebeacon.com/unprepared/

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    As if we already didn't know...but here it is in writing....

    The failing to prepare is why troops are without TA right now. DOD leaders (and other federal agencies) continued to spend at the proposed increased rate without regard to possible impacts to their people once sequestration kicked in.

    http://freebeacon.com/unprepared/
    Perfectly understandable. Sequestration wasn't meant to actually happen. No one imagined it would happen.

    Why is TA so important? (I assume you mean tuition assistance and not the first meaning of TA that popped into my mind). If funding should be provided for TA, where should savings be achieved instead?

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert F. Dorr View Post
    Perfectly understandable. Sequestration wasn't meant to actually happen. No one imagined it would happen.

    Why is TA so important? (I assume you mean tuition assistance and not the first meaning of TA that popped into my mind). If funding should be provided for TA, where should savings be achieved instead?
    I figured it would and anyone halfway keeping up with current events should have known. The military is suppose to have 749 contingencies for every scenario...hurting the troops shouldn't have been one of those scenarios.

    Foreign aid is the first thing that comes to mind. Bailouts for all those solar companies is another. Obama's trips everywhere is another. John Kerry's world tour cost us quite a few millions as well. I could go on all day.

    It's not that Tuition Assistance shouldn't be cut (we do have the GI Bill) but there are 59,421 other things that should be cut first.

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Quote Originally Posted by Robert F. Dorr View Post
    where should savings be achieved instead?
    Take your pick:
    F-35
    Zumwalt Destroyer
    Near-precision Artillery
    Abrams electronic upgrade
    Continue buying C17s to replace old aircraft and skip the development of a new large airlift

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Quote Originally Posted by VFFTSGT View Post
    The failing to prepare is why troops are without TA right now. DOD leaders (and other federal agencies) continued to spend at the proposed increased rate without regard to possible impacts to their people once sequestration kicked in.
    There have been problems with TA's budget for years. If more people actually used it, it would have been cut years ago. Great for those actually using it, but of course the public blindly jumping to our defense would be shocked to see what percentage of people actually take this FREE MONEY!

    If they bring back TA, that $100M will have to come from somewhere.
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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    "The current program growth is unsustainable,"

    Talk about an inconvenient truth.

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Why would anyone prepare for the cuts? RFD clearly stated, several times, that it wouldn't happen. I'm trying to find the post that states what he would do if it actually did happen. I'm pretty sure he made some sort of guarantee.

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Thought this was pertinent to the conversation. Can't figure out why we're broke:

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    This is definitely the result of politicians playing "chicken", and there seems to be the desire to make the detrimental impacts as large and as public as possible.

    For example, some of my colleagues are not on fully-funded positions. They are required to bring in external dollars to fund their activities, and if they don't, they get furloughed. However, they are successful at what they do, and in fact, bring in more than enough to pay their own salaries, equipment, and travel. But even though they are essentially entirely exernally funded, they are still not allowed to travel or buy equipment, and they will still be furloughed like the rest of us.

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    Re: Agencies failed to prepare for sequester cuts, hearing reveals

    Quote Originally Posted by Tak View Post
    Bullshit bob, white house designed and democrat loved.
    Yes, taking it to the military is the democratic way but then a majority of the AD did vote for Obama.

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