In a memo to Environmental Protection Agency employees late Tuesday, acting administrator Bob Perciasepe said the impact of 5 percent cuts at the agency could mean up to 13 furlough days for employees. To minimize the impact on employees, he said the agency is considering having workers take four furlough days by June 1, then reevaluating the budget.
Every agency must provide notice at least 30 days before any furlough process begins. The earliest furloughs could begin is April 1.
A few agencies have said they expect to avoid furloughs, including the Social Security Administration, Small Business Administration and Smithsonian Institution. The Veterans Affairs Department has been excluded from sequestration cuts.
"Agencies can be creative and agencies can be uncreative," Simon said. "Our position is, don't come to us because we're the easy target."
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