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6:43 am, December 22, 2014

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.

Feds learn furlough status as shutdown looms

Federal employees began learning Friday whether they'll be forced to stay home if the government shuts down next week. Supervisors were tasked with informally telling employees today whether they are classified as "essential" or "nonessential," according to several federal-employee unions briefed by the Obama administration. Congress is prepared to work through the weekend, but the clock is ticking down for lawmakers to agree on a funding bill keeping the lights on at agencies beyond Sept. 30, the end of the fiscal year.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 01:29pm EDT

Air Force warns industry to expect delayed acquisition decisions

The Air Force says budget uncertainty will mean a lot of delayed contracting decisions in the first portion of 2014. Meanwhile, the service is hurriedly trying to spend every last dollar in its 2013 procurement accounts.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:40am EDT
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Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

A government shutdown could furlough 800,000 federal employees. The shutdown could hit as early as Tuesday if a bitterly divided Congress fails to approve a temporary spending bill to keep the government running.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 11:12am EDT

No compromise: Government on brink of a shutdown?

Government shutdown in sight? House GOP nixes stopgap bill if it fails to defund Obamacare

Friday - 09/27/2013, 03:34am EDT

Football vs. Congress: When in doubt, punt

In politics, as in football, sometimes the best move is to punt. And even if you are not a sports fan or political junkie consider what Congress and the Washington football team have in common: So far this season both are losers. The difference is the football team is bound to win one while Congress keeps failing to score and punting, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Friday - 09/27/2013, 02:00am EDT

DHS warns contractors about shutdown consequences

EPA also issues guidance to agencies, and OPM updates the governmentwide shutdown guidance.

Thursday - 09/26/2013, 07:31pm EDT

Shutdown roulette - what are the real effects on government?

What will a government shutdown really mean for federal employees and government HR offices if it goes into effect next week? Advice from someone who knows - former DHS Chief Human Capital Officer Jeff Neal.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 06:08pm EDT

Senate clears hurdle on stopgap spending bill

Senate clears hurdle on spending bill to avert government shutdown

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 05:30pm EDT

Phased retirement, potential shutdown, and USPS

This week's guests on the Your Turn radio program include Bob Braunstein, an expert on the upcoming phased retirement option, and Federal Times Senior Writer Sean Reilly with the latest on the possible shutdown.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 03:13pm EDT
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Shutdown poll: Will they or won't they?

Partisan disagreements over President Barack Obama's health care overhaul have Congress lurching toward a deadline to fund federal agencies in the upcoming fiscal year -- or risk a government shutdown. So, what do you think? After all the political rhetoric and wrangling, is the government heading for a shutdown this time for certain? Take our poll and let us know what you think the odds are.

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 01:39pm EDT

Graybeards rule Survivor Island

Why are government gray-beards, folks who have been around a long time, in such demand today? Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: Why are these once ignored fossils suddenly being sought out by their frightened, younger colleagues?

Wednesday - 09/25/2013, 02:00am EDT

DoD releases shutdown guidance to employees, warns of furloughs

Following a memo released from the Office of Management and Budget Wednesday, the Defense Department has issued a memo preparing employees for the possibility of a government shutdown. DoD answers several questions regarding furloughs, pay and retirement during an appropriations lapse.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 11:35am EDT

No offense, but is your job really necessary?

Do the taxpayers really need to keep funding your career? What does the government think about your services? You may find out soon, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.

Tuesday - 09/24/2013, 02:00am EDT

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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