While President Barack Obama and leaders in Congress look for solutions as time ticks down toward the sequester, the impact of these harsh budget cuts are already being felt in the D.C. area.
No more strongly may an area be impacted, though, than Montgomery and Fairfax counties.
The suburban Maryland county, home to numerous contractors and about 50,000 federal workers, may lose as much as $500,000 per day if those workers are furloughed.
"The problem is we don't know the full extent," Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett said. "How long will this go? What is the impact of things coming down the line in the next couple of weeks?"
Across the border in Fairfax County, there's no local income tax, so county leaders aren't able to put an exact dollar figure on potential losses there.
However, many small businesses that rely entirely on government contracts, including Alexandria-based Strategy and Management Services, are already getting pinched. That's putting CEO Stacy Redmon, an Army veteran, in a tough spot.
"We've recently had some of our contracts de-scoped, which cut back on the levels of funding, which reduces positions on that and also future opportunities," Redmon said.
Almost all of her 120 employees are fellow veterans, and she doesn't want to have to let any of them go if the money stops coming in.