Sequestration refers to a series of mandatory across-the-board spending cuts mandated by the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA). After a 2011 Congressional “super committee” failed to come to an agreement on how to reduce the federal budget by $1.2 trillion over ten years, these automatic cuts— split evenly between defense and non-defense discretionary spending— went into effect. Comprising nine annual sequesters of $109 billion and an aggregate spending cap on discretionary spending for each, these cuts have adversely affected every part of the federal budget. The Perkins Act has been no exception and basic state grant allocations experienced a 5.2% across-the-board cut for FY13.

Resources

  • NASDCTEc has created a six-minute webinar on sequestration, accessible here.
  • NDD United created a two-minute animated video on sequestration, accessible here