Customs delays furlough of border agents

"In light of the Fiscal Year 2013 Appropriations bill and sequestration impacts, U.S. Customs and Border Protection is re-evaluating previously planned furloughs and de-authorization of Administratively Uncontrollable Overtime (AUO) and will postpone implementation of both at this time," CBP said.

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"Although the budget reductions imposed by sequestration are significant, the bill's provisions allow CBP to mitigate to some degree the impacts of the reduced budget on operations and on CBP's workforce," it added. "CBP continues to assess the exact impact the legislation will have on our operations and our workforce."

Before its announcement, CBP had planned to furlough its border agents for 14 days in order to find millions of dollars in cuts required by the sequester. Republicans in particular criticized the Obama administration for failing to find other options for making these cuts, and more broadly have criticized the administration for allowing air traffic control towers to close.

In March, the Defense Department said it would use a similar flexibility found in the continuing spending bill to delay its furlough of 750,000 civilian defense workers.