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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.

Here's the truth: The government doesn't shut down

The truth: Government won't shut down _ but default could delay benefit checks, troops' wages

Friday - 09/20/2013, 05:30pm EDT

OMB issues shutdown guidance to agencies

The Office of Management and Budget issued a memo Wednesday providing guidance to prepare federal agencies for the possibility of a government shutdown. The memo addressed several frequently asked questions, explaining everything from contracts and grants to the use of IT operations during an appropriations lapse.

Wednesday - 09/18/2013, 10:16am EDT

In budget faceoff, Obama warns of 'economic chaos'

A potential federal shutdown looming, President Barack Obama on Monday warned congressional Republicans they could trigger national "economic chaos" if they demand a delay of his health care law as the price for supporting continued spending for federal operations.

House Republican leaders were to meet Tuesday in hopes of finding a formula that would avoid a shutdown on Oct. 1.

Tuesday - 09/17/2013, 11:52am EDT

Tricky obstacles ahead to averting shutdown

Health care funding, more spending cuts are obstacles to averting government shutdown in fall

Sunday - 07/28/2013, 09:40am EDT

Shutdown averted, pay freeze extended as Congress passes 2013 funding bill

The House voted today to approve a measure to fund federal agencies through the remainder of fiscal 2013. The bill averts a government shutdown but extends the freeze on federal employees' pay through the end of 2013. The bill now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

Thursday - 03/21/2013, 01:09pm EDT

Furloughs, buyouts, & retirement surge

Federal News Radio's Julia Ziegler, and Sean Reilly and Stephen Losey from the Federal Times, join host Mike Causey to discuss a wide range of issues affecting federal workers.
March 13, 2013

Wednesday - 03/13/2013, 06:57pm EDT
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Government shutdown, furloughs, and more

Janet Kopenhaver from Federally Employed Woman and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly, join host Mike Causey to talk about what would happen if the federal government were to shut down.
January 16, 2013

Wednesday - 01/16/2013, 07:55pm EST
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Budget-and-tax impasse threatens troops, economy

With the government heading toward a year-end "fiscal cliff," House Republicans approved a full plate of Bush-era tax cuts Wednesday that they said could help shore up a still-frail national economy. At the same time, the Obama administration warned that threatened budget cuts could send some of America's troops into battle with less training.

Wednesday - 08/01/2012, 06:47pm EDT

Obama administration two-sided on openness, expert says

Angela Canterbury, director of Public Policy at the Project on Government Oversight, said the Obama administration's efforts at transparency and openness have garnered mixed results.

Tuesday - 03/13/2012, 12:17pm EDT
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Analysis: Feds have plenty to focus on with omnibus, defense bill unresolved

Jim McAleese, defense analyst and principal of McAleese and Associates, anticipates some last minute maneuvering from Congress to secure funding for 2012.

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 12:17pm EST
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Shutdown FAQ

Frequently asked questions about a potential government shutdown as Congress nears its Dec. 16 deadline to reach a budget deal.

Thursday - 12/15/2011, 12:01pm EST

As Congress nears deal, feds prep for shutdown just in case

As the clock ticks closer toward Dec. 16 when the seventh continuing resolution funding government operations this year is set to expire speculation about a partial government shutdown has begun swirling.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:57pm EST

Short-term bill more likely before Friday budget deadline

With less than three days to reach a budget deal, lawmakers are more likely now to pass a short-term spending measure rather than a $1 trillion omnibus bill for the rest of the fiscal year, which started Oct. 1. The Hill's Erik Wasson has an update on the budget talks.

Wednesday - 12/14/2011, 09:00am EST
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Deadline nears to reach omnibus deal, avoid shutdown

The fight has started to push an omnibus spending bill through Congress to fund the federal government through the rest of the year. The current continuing resolution expires Dec. 16.

Wednesday - 12/07/2011, 11:32am EST
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Congress hops aboard the minibus

Congress crafted a partial measure to fund some agencies through fiscal year 2012 and extend a continuing resolution for others. Erik Wasson of The Hill acknowledges that the current budget process has been the most complicated he's seen.

Wednesday - 11/16/2011, 01:30pm EST
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Obama signs short-term spending bill

President Barack Obama signed the continuing resolution, which funds the government through Nov. 18, into law early Wednesday morning. The House passed the Senate-approved bill Tuesday.

Tuesday - 10/04/2011, 04:36pm EDT

Behind feds' health premium changes

Host Mike Causey is joined by Steve Bauer, executive director of the Federal Employees Education and Assistance Fund, and Federal Times editor Steve Losey.
September 28, 2011

Wednesday - 09/28/2011, 07:49pm EDT
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Congress to extend deadline for Postal Service debt

The Postal Service would get seven more weeks to pay a $5.5 billion debt to the Treasury under the continuing resolution passed Monday by the Senate. A House version includes the same provision. The bill is due on Friday.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 07:25pm EDT

Optimism from a near-shutdown?

There will not be a government shutdown over the 2011 budget any time soon, but the near shutdown was a fight almost every inch of the way. But some feds are taking a more optimistic view.

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 06:27pm EDT
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In shutdown, what contractors should do

Congress narrowly avoided a government shutdown for now. But chances are we will be back to this same place next month, as the continuing resolution passed by Senate on Monday night lasts through Nov. 18. If a shutdown does occur, what should a government contractor do?

Tuesday - 09/27/2011, 05:57pm EDT
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