Maryland’s Federal Employees Avoid Furloughs

As reported in the Baltimore Sun, Maryland agencies have avoided furloughs resulting from sequestration so far, while other effects of sequestration are beginning to emerge.  As described,

Many federal agencies based in Maryland, including the Social Security Administration and the National Institutes of Health, did not issue furlough notices to employees in March as some had expected. And the Department of Defense said last week that it intends to limit unpaid leave that could affect 45,000 civilian workers in the state.

However, the Sun reports that several federal agencies in Maryland will be cutting back services as a result of the federal sequestration.  Fort McHenry in Baltimore and the Hampton National Historic Site near Towson plan to cut hours this summer, limiting visits by tourists.  The Housing Authority of Baltimore City is also cutting back its programs.

The Housing Authority of Baltimore City, meanwhile, has shut the Section 8 voucher program to new applicants — a move that will close off housing subsidies to about 50 additional Baltimore families a month and add to a lengthy waiting list.  The agency, which is expected to take a roughly $25 million hit in federal funding this year, is struggling to balance aid with emergency repairs it must make to its buildings, said Housing Commissioner Paul T. Graziano.

For more information, see the full story from the Baltimore Sun.

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