Impacts of Sequestration and Federal Shutdown

March 15, 2013

On March 1, funding cuts began to take effect across a great many services, affecting education, child care, Head Start, WIC nutrition for children and meals for seniors, housing, heating assistance, unemployment insurance, and much more.  Below you will find weekly summaries about how the cuts are affecting people, state tables and fact sheets, and official documents with implementation directives to states and grantees.

CHN Resources

Shutdown by Agency: 

Weekly Updates:

Executive Branch Resources

Office of Management and Budget

OMB Report to the Congress on the Joint Committee Sequestration for Fiscal Year 2013 (3/1/13)

The White House

Obama Administration State Fact Sheets (2/24/13)

Department of Labor

UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM LETTER NO. 13-13 (3/8/13) 

The Department of Labor issued notice to State Workforce Agencies on March 8 directing them to impose cuts to federal unemployment benefits for the long-term unemployed through the federal Emergency Unemployment Compensation program.  This notice indicates that benefit reductions should in most cases start in the first week of April, and will amount to a 10.7 percent drop in benefits.  If states delay implementation till the beginning of June, the reduction will rise to 12.8 percent, with even deeper cuts if states cannot start the cuts until June or later.