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FY13 Sequestration Human Services Impact

FY2013 |  Impacts of Sequestration for Human Services, Aging, and Nutrition Programs

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March 5, 2013

An across-the-board cut in all nonexempt federal programs for FY 2013, referred to as the “sequester,” went into effect on March 1, 2013.  The sequester was established by the Budget Control Act of 2011 and it was designed to give Congress and the president an incentive to pass a comprehensive debt reduction deal, which has not happened.

Many programs are exempt from sequestration cuts, including Medicaid, Social Security, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program, Child Support Enforcement, Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, and the entitlement portion of the Child Care and Development Block Grant. While most human services entitlement programs are exempt from cuts, there are many programs that are not, for example, the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Social Services Block Grant (SSBG) and many child welfare programs. To access the Office of Management and Budget’s agency analysis of the impact of sequester, click here:

Below is a table of human services programs that are subject to sequestration:

Program Amount Subject to Sequestration (in millions) Sequester Percentage Sequester Amount (in millions,
* denotes $500,000 or less)
Aging and Disability Services Programs
  • Congregate Meals
  • Home Delivered Meals
  • Aging Support Services
Mandatory
Discretionary
 
 
 
 
28
1,480
 
 
 
 
5.1
5.0
 
 
 
 
1
74
Child Care and Development Block Grant Discretionary Funds 2,292 5.0 115
Children and Families Services Programs
Includes the following programs:
·         Battered Women’s Shelters
·         CAPTA State Grants (Child Welfare)
·         Chaffee Education and Training Vouchers **
·         Child Welfare Services (not Titles IV-B or IV-E of Social Security Act)
·         Community Services Block Grant (CSBG)
·         Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention
·         Head Start
·         Runaway & Homeless Youth – Basic Center
10,069 5.0 503
Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) 3,493 5.0 175
Refugee and Entrant Assistance
·         Cash & Medical
·         Social Services
·         Targeted Assistance
900 5.0 45
Social Services Block Grant 2,285 5.1 117
Supplemental Nutrition Program Women, Infants and Children (WIC)
Mandatory
Discretionary
 
 
1
6,659
 
 
5.0
5.1
 
 
*
333
Supporting Healthy Families and Adolescent Development
  • Promoting Safe and Stable Families (Title IV-B of the Social Security Act)
  • Family Connection Grants
  • Personal Responsibility Education Program
  • Abstinence Education
Mandatory
Discretionary
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
485
63
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
5.1
5.0
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
25
3

**Chafee Foster Care Independence is subject to sequestration


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