The life-altering turn of events caused by the sequester that affects all Government employees. Whether it is being laid off, furloughed, having your hours or pay cut, having jobs eliminated, losing your house, or otherwise being denied the middle class life you were pretty much guaranteed by working for the United States Federal Government.
Tony took a GS-10 job in the middle of nowhere as a way to get ahead with the plan of transferring to a big city with a higher locality rate. Now there's a hiring freeze, and the job he was supposed to take has been eliminated. He is now stuck living in the middle of nowhere and joins 2 million other Federal employees suffering from seques-frustration.