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Government Shutdown

Congress is responsible for passing annual appropriations to fund government agencies. If Congress neglects to pass funding bills, government agencies are forced to shut down. Follow all of Federal News Radio's government shutdown coverage from the past several years.

Shutdowns, sex and traffic... Was it good for you?

During the shutdown, traffic in the Washington area remained awful, alcohol sales were up and lots of people jumped into online dating, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. So how was it where you live and work? Was it a financial nightmare or a surprise paid vacation?

Friday - 10/18/2013, 02:00am EDT

Contractor survival and bodies as cash machines

On this week's Capital Impact show, Bloomberg Government analysts will examine how the government shutdown is affecting contractors, and what some people are doing to to generate income during these tough economic times.
October 17, 2013

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 07:55pm EDT
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OMB anticipates challenges in returning from shutdown

The Office of Management and Budget is anticipating agencies will face some logistical challenges in reopening the government after a 16-day partial shutdown. But Brian Deese, OMB's deputy director, told Federal News Radio employees are eager to get back to work and to begin tackling those challenges.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 06:10pm EDT
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POLL: Post-shutdown, how are you getting back into the routine

Federal employees began streaming back into their offices Thursday following a 16-day partial shutdown of the federal government. After more than two weeks off the job, feds' to-do lists have piled up. We want to hear how you're getting back into your work routine. Take our poll and let us know.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 03:30pm EDT

An open letter to federal employees

"I certainly hope what happened to you never happens again," says former DHS CHCO Jeff Neal in an open letter to feds. "If it does, maybe we would be better off if we really shut down the whole government when the money runs out. Open the borders, ground the airplanes. Bring the troops home. Let our fellow citizens see what would really happen if you were not on the job every day."

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 01:52pm EDT

Funding bill includes back pay for furloughed feds, clears way for potential January pay raise

The bill passed by Congress reopening the federal government after a two-week shutdown grants retroactive pay for furloughed federal workers and clears the way for all federal employees to receive a 1 percent pay raise in January. The continuing resolution, which funds government operations through Jan. 15, also grants agencies some spending flexibilities to avoid sequestration-related furloughs over the next few months.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 12:06pm EDT

Uncertainty plagues contractors post-shutdown

Federal employees are reporting back to work Thursday, and they will receive back pay from the shutdown in their next paycheck. But what about contractors? The situation is not so crystal clear.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 10:40am EDT
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Congress votes to end shutdown, avoid US default

Congress approves bill to avoid default, open government, ending 16-day stalemate

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 03:14am EDT

Short-term debt deal won't mask big barriers ahead

A short-term debt deal won't end fierce dynamics that killed past bids for a bigger accord

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 02:20am EDT

Making sense of the shutdown

Did you ever wonder how you got sequestered? Why you are maybe on furlough ? The reasons behind the government shutdown have suddenly become clear, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. It all makes sense ... up to a point.

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 02:00am EDT

Debt bill denies annual pay hike for Congress

Debt bill denies annual cost-of-living pay hike for Congress

Thursday - 10/17/2013, 01:10am EDT

FAQ: Federal pay and benefits questions answered as feds return to work

The Office of Personnel Management updated its operating status early Thursday morning to "open." OPM says furloughed employees are expected to return to work Thursday, absent other instructions from their employing agencies. The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance to department and agency heads early Thursday, instructing them to reopen offices promptly and recall all furloughed employees.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 11:30pm EDT

Congress passes deal to reopen government, bill heads to President Obama

The Senate and House both voted Wednesday night, passing a bill that reopens the government and funds agencies through Jan. 15, permits the Treasury to borrow normally through Feb. 7, and provides back pay for federal employees furloughed during the 16-day government shutdown. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature, which he has said he will sign immediately.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:46pm EDT

Some furloughed workers recalled to duty

Some furloughed employees trickling back to work despite continued government shutdown

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:44pm EDT

Government shutdown, chained COLA, and more

NARFE's Jessica Klement and Federal Times senior writer Sean Reilly will talk about the government shutdown and its impact.
October 16, 2013

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 06:49pm EDT
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Shutdown's over, tell us what you think

After 16 days, Congress reached a bipartisan deal to increase the debt limit and end the government shutdown. Let us know thoughts about the experience via social media, email and story comments. Keep sharing your comments with Federal News Radio.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 03:27pm EDT

Agencies delaying more RFPs, industry days as shutdown persists

Govini, a market analysis and research firm, found agencies amended slightly more acquisitions this year as compared to last year -- 2.6 percent compared to 2 percent. But the average delay in 2013 compared to 2012 was 11 days longer -- 15 days compared to four days.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 10:25am EDT

Majority of feds worried about finances, survey says

A survey by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) reveals that the the majority of federal employees are facing financial hardships due to the government shutdown.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 09:24am EDT

Small businesses carrying weight of shutdown on their payrolls

Many small and large businesses are turning to cash reserves to pay bills, including employee salaries, as the government stops processing invoices. There could be a silver lining for some, as the government may be liable for the cost of a shutdown-related stop work order under specific types of contracts.

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 04:16am EDT
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On the edge: House shutdown plan fails; now Senate

Collapse for shutdown effort, then new optimism: Chances seen good for approval on Wednesday

Wednesday - 10/16/2013, 02:36am EDT
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