WASHINGTON: Even with Congress in recess until after the November elections, the Pentagon remains focused on avoiding sequestration — which would require Congressional action before January — rather than planning the least painful way to implement the automatic budget cuts.

“There isn’t a plan. I know this frustrates people, but we haven’t done detailed planning,” Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale told the audience at a forum this morning hosted by Government Executive magazine. Even when one federal worker openly angsted that his office was doing nothing to prepare for sequestration although it is just three months away, Hale replied that he not only hoped to avoid sequestration, but even the labor of preparing for it: “I’d like to avoid the planning too because it will be, of itself, disruptive.” Keep reading →