Sequestration-Related Budget Cuts; Regional, State, and Local Impacts


APDU has compiled a brief summary of sequestration-related budget cuts by government agency. These items were chosen specifically for their potential impact on regional/state, and local programs. Please take a moment to read through this list and let us know if you or your organization has been impacted in any way by sequestration. 

Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA)

Regional Input-Output Modeling System (RIMS) – BEA eliminated the RIMS II product in FY 2013. RIMS II provides modeling estimates to the private sector, Federal, state, and local governments on changes in economic activity.

Local Area Personal Income Statistics (LAPI) – BEA also eliminated detailed statistics within its LAPI program. This is the only source for county and metropolitan area personal income statistics.

Foreign Direct Investment Analytical Products – BEA eliminated analytical activities related to FDI and the operations of multinational companies (MNCs), affecting some annual publications as well as occasional topical papers. BEA also stopped publishing analytical products that provide insight into offshoring, the impact of MNCs on the domestic economy, and the impact of global value chains for measuring economic activity.

Find more information here.

Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS)

Measuring Green Jobs – The BLS eliminated the Measuring Green Jobs products. This includes the special employer surveys that provide data on the occupations and wages of jobs related to green technologies and practices, as well as career information related to green jobs.

Mass Layoff Statistics Program – Also eliminated is the mass layoff program that provides information identifying, describing, and tracking the effects of major job cutbacks in the economy.

International Labor Comparisons Program – The International Labor Comparisons (ILC) program has also been eliminated. This program adjusts foreign data to a common framework of concepts, definitions, and classifications to facilitate data comparisons between the United States and other countries.

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Census Bureau

Economic Programs – A six-month delay in the delivery of over 1,600 Economic Census products due to staffing reductions at the National Processing Center and Census headquarters.

2020 Decennial Census Programs – Budget cuts mean that Census cannot carry out the planned research and testing needed for work on design options for the 2020 Census. Reduced funding levels also force the delay of preparatory work related to the FY 2014 field tests, delaying the acquisition of information needed to make design decisions in FY 2015 for the 2020 Census.

Geographic Support Program – Reductions will delay decisions about the viability of cost-saving designs associated with the 2020 Census address canvassing operation, scheduled for later in the decade.

American Community Survey – Cuts to the American Community Survey (ACS) eliminate much needed investments in the ACS processing infrastructure, program management, and research program.

Demographic Programs – Cuts to these programs prevent the implementation of new supplemental poverty measures. These cuts will also delay data releases for the 2014 panel for the Survey of Income and Program Participation.

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Energy Information Administration (EIA)

Annual Energy Review – The EIA has suspended publication of the Annual Energy Review and its companion publication, Energy Perspectives.

Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) – Delayed to FY 2014. It has also delayed upgrades to its critical weekly petroleum and natural gas statistical reports.

EIA’s FY 2013 and FY 2014 Budget Requests to Congress can be viewed here.

United States Department of Agriculture

National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) – The National Agricultural Statistics Service is suspending a number of statistical surveys and reports.

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USDA Economic Research Service (ERS)

Agricultural Productivity in the U.S. – Updates of the State-level statistics are suspended.

County-Level Data Sets (“County Look-Up Tables”) – Updates of socioeconomic indicators in this format will be phased out.

Find more information here.