As the president and lawmakers try to reach a deal that would prevent billions of dollars in federal budget cuts, federally funded agencies are bracing for the worst.
A local facility that employs hundreds of people with disabilities already has a plan in place to cut services and even eliminate jobs, depending on the severity of the cuts.
Hundreds of people with intellectual disabilities spend their days at Rowan Vocational Opportunities, working for local companies like Hitachi and General Electric.
"They are happy just to have a job," said John Williams, the facility director.
However, if billions of dollars in federal budget cuts go into effect, some of their jobs will be in limbo. The facility director said they may also be forced to lay off some of the 47 employees that help supervise the facility, depending on the severity of the budget cuts.
"These layoffs will be devastating to the employees, and also it would hurt us because we would have to have larger groups for our clients to work in,” he said.
Right now they don’t know how severe the cuts will be, and they're hoping layoffs and service reductions won't be necessary. Until they hear more on the cuts, RVO isn't taking any new clients and they're making spending cuts wherever they can.