Federal Aviation Administration Highlights Sequestration Cuts to Air Traffic Controllers

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood stressed Sunday that the Obama administration was not exaggerating the effects of looming sequestration.

LaHood, a former GOP congressman, had said at a White House briefing on Friday that the $85 billion in automatic cuts set to start going into effect on March 1 would require furloughs at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and throw air travel in the country into a tailspin. Read more.

The FAA is planning to reduce expenditures by approximately $600 million for the remainder of Fiscal Year 2013 should sequestration cuts take place March 1. Options include furloughing the majority of the agency’s 47,000 employees approximately one day every two weeks, closing more than 100 air traffic control facilities, eliminating the overnight shift at over 60 more and reducing preventive maintenance and support for all Air Traffic Control equipment. We will begin furloughs and start facility shut-downs in April. You can read more about this process in this letter from Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta (PDF).

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