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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.
Some government agency websites were essentially turned off Tuesday morning, as the shutdown officially got underway. Agencies also began sending out messages via social media alerting followers that accounts would not be updated during the shutdown.
Senate clears bill to pay military in case of shutdown
As government shuts down, Obama focuses on military, says he'll push Congress to act soon
First shutdown in 17 years: Senate and House rejected each other's plans as deadline neared
For thousands of federal employees who head to work today, it won't be to execute their agencies' missions, but to shut down their computers, fill out a timesheet and, in some cases, hand over their BlackBerry smartphones. Here are four things feds should know as they prepare for the first government shutdown in more than 17 years.
If they ever make a movie or TV sitcom about Congress, they might consider calling it something like "The Wizards of Oooze". And nobody knows why better than feds on the brink of the cliff, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
Service contractors will continue to work as long as they don't need supervision by government employees, if their contracts are unaffected by the absence of a 2014 budget, and as long as they can actually get into their worksites.
Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even if the government shuts down.
Here we go again: What impact will Washington's budget fights have on the US economy?
Mike Causey joins hosts Bob Leins and Tammy Flanagan for an animated discussion on the fiscal year, what 2013 brought us and what we might
expect in 2014.
September 30, 2013
OMB and GSA put out separate memos detailing steps agencies should take if the government shuts down. OMB reminded agencies to secure systems and how to deal with third-party social media sites. GSA gave agencies ideas to minimize the impact of having to shutdown websites.
What's your agency's shutdown plan? Federal News Radio provides links to each agency's guidance in the event of a government shutdown.
From Founding Fathers to Newt Gingrich, many characters in history of US federal shutdowns
With less than 48 hours to avert a government shutdown, Democrats, Republicans trade blame
If you've been in government for at least two years, this is not your first shutdown rodeo. If you have been around a long time, you've been to the brink a lot, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says. But even if one (or even both) sides blink, this is going to happen again. Soon.
Health care law protected in government shutdown; uninsured would still get covered
Top Senate Democrat says his chamber will reject House GOP plans to delay, change Obamacare
Hagel calls threat of govt shutdown 'shortsighted' warns of US becoming 'ungovernable country'
Shutdown drama: Senate votes to avert it, but duel with House extending into the weekend
Pentagon guidance says military members will report to work as normal under a government shutdown, and most employees working under service contracts would be unaffected as well. But about half the civilian workforce would be told to stay home without pay.