Statement on the Effects of Sequestration at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument
Contact: Shelley Hall, 541-987-2333 x 1212
KIMBERLY, OR - Effective March 1, 2013, John Day Fossil Beds National Monument was required by "sequestration" (a series of automatic, across-the-board permanent spending cuts) to reduce its annual budget by five percent.The park must absorb that cut in the remaining months of this fiscal year that ends September 30.The federal law imposing sequestration requires that each park take this cut.
For John Day Fossil Beds National Monument, this amounts to a reduction of approximately $80,000 from a budget of $1,600,000. The park reduced travel, training, and supply purchases and reduced the number of seasonal and permanent employees to meet the required spending reduction. Reduction in permanent employees was achieved by not filling a vacant position.
While we take the actions necessary to comply with sequestration, the park remains open, welcoming visitors and continuing to protect the resources entrusted to our care.
Reduced staffing will affect visitor services in the following ways:
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