No Furloughs at Agriculture through September
May 24, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will not have to furlough any of its employees in fiscal 2013 because of budget cuts. 
 
Congressional appropriators approved the department's request to shift funds within the Rural Development division to avoid furloughing about 4,800 employees because of sequestration, according to House and Senate aides. 
 
That means the department's roughly 94,000 employees are off the hook in fiscal 2013. Furloughs are not on the table for any other agriculture agencies this fiscal year. 
 
Agriculture is one of a few departments that have interchange transfer authority, which allows for transfers of up to 7 percent among certain accounts within an individual USDA agency.