As to whether this is an overreaction to the sequester, I can't say.
Here's 6 right here:
As to the actual cuts, there is a great deal of departmental discretion on how those cuts are made and when we see memos like this being leaked:
It's clear that the goal of this Administration is to make the sequester as hard on the American people as possible - punish the serfs if you will.
As Governor Christie said last week, governors deal with these kinds of cuts all of the time. He stated that he could pull 6 of them together - 3 Dem/3 Rep - and over lunch they could figure out these cuts and no one would even know they had happened.
But then if that occurred, the Administration wouldn't get its pain and be able to blame Republicans.