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Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:26 AM

As ‘fiscal cliff’ deadline nears, OPM updates furlough guidelines

Source: Washington post

With talks on averting the “fiscal cliff” apparently stalled, the Office of Personnel Management posted new guidance to federal workers for administrative furloughs on its Web site Thursday afternoon.

“We wanted to take some prudent steps to keep federal employees informed in case of an order for sequestration,” said Thomas Richards, OPM’s communications director.

He added that the guidelines were not issued as “a reaction to any specific action” involving the talks between President Obama and congressional leaders.

“It’s nothing more than that,” Richards said.

Read more: http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/as-fiscal-cliff-deadline-nears-opm-updates-furlough-guidelines/2012/12/27/1b0b6014-5068-11e2-8b49-64675006147f_story.html

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brooklynite Dec 2012 #2
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Response to alp227 (Original post)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 12:53 AM

1. This is the sound of the noose being tightened around teabagger necks

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Response to BlueStreak (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 07:10 AM

2. See to be a fair number of people here who are happy to go over the cliff, no matter the consequence

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Response to brooklynite (Reply #2)

Fri Dec 28, 2012, 08:58 AM

3. They will make a deal, but probably not until after Jan 3

when Boehner secures his job for another term. This is the point of maximum leverage from Obama and the debt ceiling posturing increases that leverage while taking away one of Boehner's key tools. What Boehner wanted to do was to pass the most minimal bill regarding the "cliff", then promise the teabaggers that they would have another hostage-taking opportunity in a few weeks when the debt ceiling came up again. By forcing the issue on the debt ceiling to be part of this deal, it forces Boehner to make a deal with Pelosi's caucus.

Any deal that Obama would have made before early January would have been a blown opportunity.

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