The February 8, 2013 deadline will mark the beginning of a series of high-level meetings with lawmakers scheduled throughout February.
By the end of the week ending February 8, 2013, the Pentagon must submit its plans to the White House for how it will deal with automatic defense spending cuts set to kick in March 1, according to an article on DefenseNews.
Unless Congress takes action, which seemed unlikely last week, sequestration calls for a series of defense spending cuts totaling $500 billion during the next 10 years.
On February 15, 2013, the Pentagon will send Congress a request for authorization to furlough civilian workers, a defense sources says. DoD is the only federal department that has to make this type of request, necessary to allow 45 days before furloughs begin.
While those behind-the-scenes moves take place, a number of 11th-hour hearings on the budget crisis are scheduled or are in the planning process.
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