Bob Martin, president of Haskell Indian Junior College, received a memo Thursday from the assistant secretary of the Bureau of Indian Affairs assuring Martin that he should not have to place employees on unpaid furlough for the first weeks of the new fiscal year.
If a deficit reduction package is not reached in Congress by Monday, when the federal government's new fiscal year begins, automatic spending cuts would go into effect which would affect most federal programs.
"It has been determined that it will not be necessary to furlough for the first two weeks of the fiscal year," Martin said today.
However, he said other instructions to reduce expenses remain in effect. For example, Haskell must curtail travel unless absolutely critical, Martin said.
He said the memo stated a short-term budget resolution is anticipated to be passed by Congress.
In August, President Bush announced that budget cuts would be made in U.S. government agencies to help conquer the national deficit.