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July 26, 2013 | 05:40 AM

I have been a federal employee for ten years. When sequestration is described as painful and real people are affected, it is because of how the small percentage of the budget is slashed. You may claim that sequestration only limits the growth on the budget, but you need to keep in mind that the government currently runs at a projected level of funding. Suddenly saying no to that projection means the way things are going cannot be maintained. I understand the cuts are a small percentage, but the pain is felt in how that small percentage is found. Rather than cancel a multi-billion dollar weapons project, real people like myself see pay reductions. You say that private sector civilians have had to budget yourselves leaner as if you feel no pain for us. Lets be clear about one thing. DOD civilian workers have not had a cost of living increase for years. Our salaries have stayed the same despite gas going up, groceries getting more expensive, and additions to our families. We have overseas missions and work along side the military in hostile countries. We tightened our belts to maintain at our current salaries, now we have pay cuts. Yes I hear people say they are temporary, you should have a savings cushion. I do have a savings cushion, it will get me through this temporary pay reduction. But that will last through this round. Next round will be deeper as projections state layoffs. Let me tell you what alot of us will experience. People with more seniority will bump us to a lower pay grade. Then our position may be moved, possibly so far that we need to move our residence. So my savings will be burned up this year, next year I face a permanent reduction in pay, and the possibility of either being laid off or having to relocate to keep my job. I agree, it is a blessing to have a job at all, but by the time sequestration is over, I will be much farther down the ladder than I have already climbed and I am not sure of how manageable my situation will be.

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