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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.

NRC exhausts carryover funds, shuts down

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission closed Thursday on day 10 of the government shutdown. The agency stayed open until exhausting its carryover funds.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 11:03am EDT
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VA prepares for still more furloughs as money runs out

Most workers in the Veterans Benefits Administration will be sidelined in the next few weeks if a shutdown continues. Funding for employees at the National Cemetery Administration will run out in the next few days.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 06:15am EDT
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Shutdown promises a very different Columbus Day

Monday is supposed to be a federal holiday, but how do you shut down the government when it's already shutdown? Do you open it briefly, then bar the doors? Suppose Columbus' trip to America had been run by modern day politicians. Things might be very different, says Senior Correspondent Mike Causey.

Thursday - 10/10/2013, 01:59am EDT

Shutdown impact: Veterans regional offices close

A government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences for some, but minimal impact on others. Mail is being delivered. Social Security and Medicare benefits continue to flow. But vacationers are being turned away from national parks and Smithsonian museums, and that's having a ripple effect on those businesses and communities that rely on tourism.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 08:13pm EDT

Protecting your TSP account during the shutdown

Certified financial planner Arthur Stein will provide tips on how to protect your retirement nest egg, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly will give us the latest on the government shutdown.
October 9, 2013

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 08:06pm EDT
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White House expects to fix military death benefit

White House expects fix for military death benefits denied because of government shutdown

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 08:00pm EDT

Pentagon says foundation to pay death benefits

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says he was "offended, outraged and embarrassed" the government shutdown prevented DoD from providing death benefits for its service members.

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 04:20pm EDT

Obama plans to talk to GOP again on shutdown, debt

Obama to invite GOP lawmakers to White House amid hints of possible short-term budget truce

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 01:10pm EDT

VA chief: Shutdown could hit millions of vets

VA secretary says millions of veterans would be hit by shutdown extending into late October

Wednesday - 10/09/2013, 12:40pm EDT

Pentagon freeze on death benefits sparks outrage

Pentagon's inability to pay death benefits under gov't shutdown sparks outrage in Congress

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 06:00pm EDT

House passes bill to pay 'essential' feds on time if shutdown continues

The House voted unanimously late Tuesday to pass the Federal Worker Pay Fairness Act. The bill, introduced by Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) Tuesday afternoon, ensures "essential" federal employees, who are working through the shutdown, are paid on time even if the government remains closed.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 03:25pm EDT

5 tips for paying your bills on time during furlough

For furloughed employees, paychecks might be delayed, but bills are still due. Ed Zurndorfer offers advice for how to not fall behind on your payments.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 12:49pm EDT

Back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

House-passed bill to deliver back pay for furloughed workers slows in Senate

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 04:30am EDT

Love you, hate you, go away, come back: Your marriage or your job?

Does the following set of statements best describe your marriage or your job: I love you. I hate you. Go away. Come back. If you work for Uncle Sam, the answer may be both, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 10/08/2013, 02:00am EDT

All things Events

Monica Mayk Parham, marketing director for Market Communications and Joyce Bosc, president and owner of Boscobel Marketing Communications, will discuss how budget constraints and travel restrictions are affecting attendence at government events.
October 7, 2013

Monday - 10/07/2013, 11:42pm EDT
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Shutdown effects continue to ripple through agencies

Congress' failure to agree on a short-term funding measure last week immediately threw agencies into shutdown mode, shutting offices and sending hundreds of thousands of federal employees home without pay. But as the shutdown stretches into its second week with no end in sight, a round of second-order effects is beginning to ripple throughout government.

Monday - 10/07/2013, 06:16pm EDT

Contractors' fate uncertain even as DoD civilians return from furloughs

With the announcement from Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel recalling most Defense Department civilians from furloughs, some large defense companies, which had been planning to furlough their employees, have canceled or scaled back their initial plans. However, DoD's move could wind up having only a limited impact on contractors more broadly.

Monday - 10/07/2013, 04:30pm EDT
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Most furloughed Fort Lee civilian workers recalled

Most of Fort Lee's furloughed Department of Defense civilian workers recalled

Monday - 10/07/2013, 07:20am EDT

Shutdown logic: Off with your head!

We don't know when the next government shutdown will begin. Or when this one will end. It could be two weeks, or not until another five or 10 years, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. In the meantime, here are some survival tips from vets of the shutdown wars...

Monday - 10/07/2013, 02:00am EDT

DoD to bring back most employees from shutdown furlough

The Defense Department says it's decided it has the legal authority to bring most of its civilian workforce back from furlough even as a government shutdown persists. But the Pentagon warned that unless the shutdown ends soon, many of those employees will have nothing to do.

Saturday - 10/05/2013, 09:01pm EDT
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