While a continuing resolution seems likely in the waning days of the short-term spending bill the government is currently operating under, federal employees once again have found themselves looking over their shoulders for any sign of a shutdown.
Congress is up against several deadlines when it comes back from recess next week. It's not just the Dec. 11 date, when the continuing resolution expires. The debt ceiling problem needs a solution by Nov. 5 and highway funding expires Oct. 29. One possible solution to the budget deadline is another CR that would last through the rest of fiscal 2016. Bob Hale, a fellow at Booz Allen Hamilton and former Undersecretary of Defense Comptroller, told In Depth with Francis Rose no CR is good for the department or the government.
Congress passed a 10-week temporary funding bill on Wednesday to keep open the government. The House voted 277-151 on the measure. It now heads to the White House for the president's signature.
The Senate has voted in support of a bill that would keep the government open until Dec. 11. The continuing resolution would hold funding at 2015 levels and includes money for Planned Parenthood.
Being a federal worker is a lot like being a fat, juicy rabbit trapped on a fox-infested island. That's because to some foxy politicians, civil servants are fat, juicy, defenseless targets. Some are on the hunt all the time, while others come out in the fall — the official hunting season.
In-Depth host Francis Rose argues that Speaker Boehner's decision was both a bone toss and a punch in the mouth.
Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work says the Pentagon is making plans in case Congress cannot reach a budget deal or continuing resolution before Sept. 30.
Cameron Leuthy, senior budget analyst at Bloomberg Government, joins host Roger Waldron to discuss the current budget, plans for a possible government shutdown, and the long term impact of continuing resolutions. September 22, 2015
Gen. Herbert Carlisle says his troops are burnt out and his resources can barely cover the global demand. Carlisle becomes the third senior DoD official this week to highlight the need for Congress to pass a budget and not allow cuts from sequestration to return.
Political pundits are betting Congress will pass a continuing resolution to keep the government funded past the end of this month. Most agencies would prefer that lawmakers pass a real budget. Not the Internal Revenue Service though. Commissioner John Koskinen explains why his agency is better off without a standard budget bill.
Internal Revenue Service Commissioner John Koskinen says a CR is a better alternative to the proposed budget cuts to the agency. The IRS could lose as much as $838 million if the House has its way.
All signs point to the new fiscal year at starting under a continuing resolution. In Depth host Francis Rose says it's a bad scenario, but by no means is it the worst.
Your agency may be operating under a continuing resolution at the end of the month. You'll need allies to face the challenges that come with a CR. That means working closely with procurement attorneys, budget analysts and your communications staff. Keith Trippie, chief executive at the Trippie Group, gives In Depth with Francis Rose, the good, the bad and the ugly about a CR.
With only 10 days left to pass sweeping budget deals and little agreement over proposals, Congress' likely options are pass a continuing resolution, or force a shutdown.