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Homeland Security Considers Replacing Military Aircraft with Commercial Planes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Department of Homeland Security may soon replace cheaper commercial planes with military aircraft to absorb 8.2% in budget cuts in March, Popular Science reports.

The department was exploring buying used aircraft from the military but discovered that it’s more inexpensive to use commercial planes, Popular Science wrote.

Commercial aircraft is more inexpensive because of the sheer number of available airplanes. Replacement parts are cheaper, and maintenance is more inexpensive, Popular Science reported.

One option is the Super King Air 350, which is fuel efficient, able to take off on short runways and has a 1,500-mile range, according to Popular Science.


Opinion: Automatic Budget Cuts Would Hamper Progress on Immigration Reform

Opinion
The Bakersfield Californian 

The prospect for real bipartisan progress on immigration reform may take a serious hit if sequestration, the automatic cuts scheduled for March 1, take place.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano informed the Senate Appropriations Committee last week the cuts will result in a workforce-hours reduction equivalent to 5,000 Border Patrol agents, or about 25 percent of the workforce. That kind of reduction will almost surely impact current efforts and future plans to secure the U.S. border with Mexico, which happens to be one of the key components of the immigration reform proposal forwarded by a bipartisan panel of senators last month. In fact, those senators are demanding that the border be secure before proceeding with opening paths to U.S. citizenship for millions of undocumented immigrants. In other words, no matter which side of the immigration debate you’re on, you can’t be happy with that kind of hit to the Border Patrol.

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Border Patrols to be Cut by Half

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Federal budget cuts have manifested themselves in a multitude of ways already. Now, dramatically, the Obama administration plans next year to cut the number of National Guard troops patrolling the US-Mexico border by at least half, reports the Washington Times.

Though the White House is not announcing the plans yet, Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter learned of the plan, says half is the minimum number the patrol will have to be cut by, which will mean reshuffling troops already along the border. In Duncan’s state of California, the new plans will mean slashing patrol levels from 264 to just 14.

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ATF to Offer 400 Early Employee Buyouts

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

In an attempt to avoid layoffs and furloughs, ATF will offer approximately 400 buyouts, reports the trade magazine Government Executive. The buyouts will be both at headquarters and field offices.

Audrey Stucko, acting director for human resources and professional development, said the move is an attempt to deal with a tight budget climate, according to Government Executive. ATF expects to get 250 to 275 employees to take the buyouts, saving the bureau between $15 million and $20 million. “Maybe we will get more; that would be a good thing,” she said.

From Government Executive:

Eligible employees have until Oct. 14 to apply for the buyouts. Those who accept the package must leave the bureau by Nov. 30. Stucko said the offers apply across ATF’s directorates but not to positions considered critical agency functions.

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Proposed Budget Cuts Could be “Amputation” For ATF

James Cavanaugh/atf photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — Proposed deep budget cuts could undermine some key ATF programs like “Project Gun Runner”, a signature program under the Obama administration designed to crack down on the flow of weapons to Mexico and its cartels, the Washington Post reported.

The Post’s James Grimaldi and Sari Horwitz report that the proposed ATF cuts would amount to nearly $160 million out of a $1.25 billion budget request or a 12.8 percent reduction. They reported that administration officials said the proposed cuts were part of an early draft and could change.

Nonetheless, the cuts have renewed cries by some that ATF seldom seems to get the respect its due from administrations.

“ATF is the ugly stepchild of every administration,” former ATF official James Cavanaugh, who retired last year, told the Post.

“It would really handicap the ATF. It’s a small agency and it’s a lean machine. There are not a lot of agents and inspectors. There is not a lot of fat. With ATF, it would be an amputation.”

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