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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.

Shutdown deal in sight? Reid, McConnell optimistic

Closing in on shutdown and debt limit deal: Democrat Reid and Republican McConnell optimistic

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 03:34am EDT

Whatever happened yesterday didn't

Whatever you did yesterday, good, bad or indifferent, it doesn't matter. Thanks to the shutdown mode of government and various agency interpretations on it, Columbus Day was a nonevent for a lot of people, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/15/2013, 02:00am EDT

Contractors do their best to weather shutdown storm

While furloughed federal employees can hang onto the hope Congress will authorize backpay once the shutdown ends, government contractors will likely face the reality of lost wages and revenue.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 03:45pm EDT
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Obama briefed on shutdown impacts

President Barack Obama is being updated by members of the White House about the impact of the government shutdown on key federal agencies and programs. Over the weekend, White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough briefed Obama on the shutdown's impact on the government's research efforts, according to the White House.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 02:15pm EDT

Estimates point to slight COLA hike

Preliminary figures suggest next year's benefit increase will be roughly 1.5 percent, according to an analysis by The Associated Press. The increase will be small because consumer prices, as measured by the government, haven't gone up much in the past year.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 12:35pm EDT

Why investing in the public sector matters

The success of the U.S. private sector is connected to a healthy U.S. public sector, and we are letting our public sector deteriorate, says David Bray, CIO of the FCC.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 12:09pm EDT

OPM clarifies leave, holiday policies during shutdown

Federal employees who are "excepted" from furloughs have remained on the job despite the government shutdown, which is now stretching into its third week. OPM updated its shutdown guidance Friday to include instructions on how to handle "brief or intermittent unpaid absences" by excepted federal employees. Overall, OPM has made more than a dozen changes to its shutdown guidance since congressional appropriations for fiscal 2014 lapsed two weeks ago.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 11:24am EDT

Website posts opportunities for extra cash for furloughed feds

When a Washington based web solution firm received an email from a furloughed fed looking for temporary work, the firm immediately jumped on the idea to create a website with job postings for freelance work. From idea to execution, unfurlough.us was launched in just five hours.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 10:49am EDT
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Timeline: Congress' path to federal shutdown

Timeline of action on partial government shutdown, expiring federal borrowing authority

Monday - 10/14/2013, 05:10am EDT

Reid, McConnell fail to agree on shutdown deal

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell spoke by phone Sunday but failed to agree on a deal to raise the nation's borrowing authority above the $16.7 trillion debt limit or reopen a government still shuttered on its 14th day.

Monday - 10/14/2013, 04:01am EDT

The state of the clearance job market

Evan Lesser, founder and director of Clearance Jobs.com, will discuss the impact of the government shutdown on contractors and employees with security clearances.
October 11, 2013

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:51pm EDT
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During shutdown, critical public safety functions fall by the wayside

A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:38pm EDT
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Shutdown impact: How it affects agencies

With the shutdown of the federal government heading into its third week, Federal News Radio has prepared this snapshot of how federal agencies, programs, employees and contractors are faring.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:37pm EDT

Shutdown delays COLA announcement

Millions of federal retirees will have to wait to find out the size of next year's cost-of-living adjustment. The Labor Department says it won't report inflation statistics on time this month, which will delay the Social Security Administration's COLA calculation.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 01:11pm EDT

Once shutdown ends, employee morale slump likely awaits

For every day that the government shutdown drags on, federal managers face a potentially growing morale crisis in the federal-employee ranks. For federal managers, returning from the shutdown, however, will offer them the opportunity to refocus on the "federal brand," the set of ideals and sense of mission that the federal government is uniquely suited to offer.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 12:09pm EDT
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Shutdown whack-a-mole and the interagency

Opening some agencies while keeping others shut down is an unsustainable exercise, says Jeff Neal, former chief human capital officer at the Department of Homeland Security.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 11:51am EDT

Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits

Amid controversy, Obama signs bill to pay military death benefits during government shutdown

Friday - 10/11/2013, 06:00am EDT

GOP Lawmakers lambaste DoD over shutdown furloughs

Nearly all of the Defense Department's civilians are now working, despite the government shutdown. Many members of Congress believe none of those civilians should have been furloughed to begin with. DoD remains unsure how to address contractors under the Pay Our Military Act.

Friday - 10/11/2013, 04:07am EDT
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Shutdown holiday pay: Simple as herding cats

For furloughed feds who have lost track of time, today is Friday. That's official. And Monday is Columbus Day, one of the the first government holidays to hit during a shutdown, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey. So what happens to people who don't work, and what about those who must work? Do people get paid? And if so, how much and when?

Friday - 10/11/2013, 02:00am EDT

Financial planning tips for furloughed feds

Tammy Flanagan, Karen Schaeffer, and Bob Leins discuss what furloughed federal workers should be doing to protect their financial assets.
October 14, 2013

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 07:09pm EDT
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