A TSA security officer watches as passengers go through security in Salt Lake City, Utah. Travelers can expect longer security lines as the automatic spending cuts would force the TSA to furlough - temporarily lay-off - screening agents. (Reuters)

Transportation Security Administration

• Seven day furloughs for TSA screeners, increasing airport security line wait times by as much as an additional hour.

Department of Agriculture

• USDA has said it will need to furlough 8,400 meat inspectors, although details of how the furlough would be implemented are still emerging. USDA has said the cuts would deny food aid to 600,000 pregnant women, new mothers and infants. Production of the Census of Agriculture would be delayed.

Department of Justice

• Cut spending by $1.6 billion, with furloughs equivalent to the loss of about a thousand federal agents. Fourteen days of furlough for the FBI.

• Attrition of 145 attorney positions leading to fewer criminal and civil cases.

Social Security Administration

• Furlough most of the workforce for ten days or more, causing delays in processing of retirement and disability claims and early closing of some Social Security offices.

Internal Revenue Service

• Unspecified numbers of furloughs particularly at IRS call centers and a decrease in enforcement activities by IRS agents.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

• Cut of more than $350 million, resulting in 25,000 fewer breast and cervical cancer screenings for low-income, high-risk women and about 424,000 fewer HIV tests.

Food and Drug Administration

• Reduction of $133 million in non-user fee funding, causing "significant reductions" in testing of imported food and medical products and cuts in oversight of domestic food safety.


• Cut of $750 million in funding for educational assistance to low-income schools serving more than a million students, with job losses for more than 10,500 teachers and aides.

• Reduction of $600 million in special education grants to states, resulting in layoffs by school districts of about 7,400 special education teachers and aides.

Federal Emergency Management Agency

• Reduction of over a billion dollars in FEMA's Disaster Relief fund, resulting in the agency having to restrict hurricane season aid to immediate needs.

• Reduction of $120 million in grants to state and local agencies, causing layoffs of emergency personnel and first responders.

National Parks, forests and wildlife refuges

• Closures and limited access hours for some facilities and complete closure of 128 national wildlife refuges. Possible closure of campgrounds, trails and other recreational areas when there is insufficient staff to provide security.

Environmental Protection Agency

• Slow down in clean up programs for the Great Lakes, Chesapeake Bay and Puget Sound.

• About 1,000 fewer inspections for enforcement of clean air and water laws.

U.S. Embassy Security

• Cut to embassy security of $168 million. Delay in upgrades of 80 facilities.