On Friday afternoon, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), as required by U.S. Congress, released the Sequester Transparency Act Report that detailed the impact of sequestration–an automatic, across-the-board budget cut to all federal discretionary programs–if it were to go into effect after the new year unless Congress acts (in early January 2013).
While not all of the sequestration cuts to federal library programs are detailed in this report, the American Library Association Washington Office has learned that the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) would receive an 8.2 percent cut. IMLS is currently funded at $231.9 million, so this would mean that IMLS could face a $19 million cut should sequestration stand.
It is not clear at this point how the Library Services and Technology Act would be impacted or how school library programs in the Department of Education would be affected.
Jeffrey P. Kratz
Assistant Director, Office of Government Relations, ALA Washington Office