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Sequestration Could Lead to Furloughs, Cuts in Coastal Empire

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Furloughs could be part of the Sequestration process for the U.S. Attorney's office in the Coastal Empire.

In all, 94 U.S. Attorney's office's nationwide stand to lose close to $100,000,000.

Here in the Southern District of Georgia, that means 60 employees, including 26 attorneys could be forced to take as many as to 14 unpaid days off between April and the end of September.

What about the folks who work at the airport - and could it affect your flights?

Savannah-Hilton Head International Airport directed us to the FAA.  

The regional office says no plan is in place as of yet, but they are not taking the possiblity lightly.

FAA Administrator Michael Huerta says a hiring freeze, cutting contracts, and travel are could be on the chopping block.

He goes on to say "To reach the large figure we need to cut, we have little choice but to make up the rest through furloughing employees."

CEMA says even if sequestration hits, they are prepared.  

The agency says they get only a small amount of federal money, but so far there's been no talk in Washington of cutting the grant they do get.

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