Even though government agencies are in shutdown mode, contractors are still moving ahead in making business decisions. Small businesses are likely to hurt more from the shutdown due to smaller cash reserves and slimmer margins.
President Barack Obama met with congressional leaders for the first time since the shutdown began, but they made no progress in developing an agreement that would reopen the government.
While 800,000 furloughed federal workers are wondering how they are going to make ends meet, members of the House and Senate who allowed the shutdown to happen are living large and high on Capitol Hill, Senior Correspondent Mike Causey says.
We asked you how you felt about the shutdown of the federal government and you let us know through social media, email and story comments. Keep sharing your comments — and photos — with Federal News Radio.
With day one of the government shutdown over, furlough notices are out and some feds have been sent home. But the answers aren’t as clear cut as they might seem, as employees at one federal agency have discovered.
President Obama signed a bill at the dawn of the government shutdown, and it could significantly increase the number of non-uniformed military employees exempt from furlough during the shutdown. So far, the Defense Department has sent no signals on how it would choose to enact the provisions.
Lower chamber legislators could not get two-thirds approval for one bill to fund the National Park Service, and another bill to get the Veterans Affairs Department fiscal 2014 money. AFGE, NTEU and Democrat lawmakers rallied on Capitol Hill Tuesday to turn up the heat on Congress to reopen the government.
Beth Ferrell, partner at McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, will discuss best practices for contractors in a government shutdown environment. October 1, 2013
With Congress failing to agree on a funding deal by midnight Monday, the federal government is now closing its doors for the first time in 17 years, and a government shutdown is no longer a matter of if but how long. Take our poll, and let us know how long you think the shutdown will last.
Some 800,000 employees are being furloughed for however long the shutdown lasts, while skeleton staffs of “essential” federal workers stay on the clock — also without pay. Many feds are clearly frustrated and discouraged by the uncertainty and have taken to social media to vent their frustrations. Let us know how you feel about the shutdown.
Reps. Jim Moran (D-Va.) and Frank Wolf (R-Va.) introduced the “Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act” late Monday. The bill would guarantee both employees required to work through the shutdown and those placed on unpaid leave receive backpay.
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.
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.