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Small federal contractors in Virginia are bracing for the impact of sequestration, and those that provide tech support to federal agencies worry that they could be the first budget item on the chopping block.

Staci Redmon is the president and CEO of Strategy and Management Services, or SAMS, headquartered in Springfield, Va. The company provides IT and other management support to various federal agencies, and Redmon says if the sequester happens, job cuts at her company are a real possibility, one that breaks her heart.

"At SAMS we're a family, and when we hire someone into the company, we recognize that we are probably the primary source of income for the family," she says.

Dale Spencer, chief operating officer for OBX Tek, a contractor in Tysons Corner that works with several different agencies, is also worried. But he says what's frustrating is not knowing how concerned he should be.

"We don't know whether we're going to be affected a few people, or 50 people," he says. "We just don't know. That's the biggest problem."

Spencer's company provides helpdesk support. He says it's frustrating to think those services could be cut, because less tech support could mean less productive federal employees, and that he says, could cost more money in the long run.

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