The Obama administration warns that the situation looks ugly for the department under the sequester. But for now, the most alarming claims — that prosecutors will drop cases and criminals will walk free — seem to be just that: alarms.
Outgoing Energy Secretary Steven Chu spoke this week at a government-funded expo for energy innovation. The failure of the Solyndra solar company has cast a shadow over Chu's tenure. But supporters say only with that kind of risk-taking can the government plant the seeds for future energy success stories.
Corrections officers in the federal prison system are bracing for possible staffing cuts and furloughs triggered by the sequester. The cuts come at a time when studies show that inmate crowding and staff shortages in federal prisons are already posing challenges for guards trying to maintain order behind bars.
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