While it’s unclear whether Congress will approve another continuing resolution or full-year funding for the Homeland Security Department after this Friday, DHS has made plans in case of a lapse in funding.
Funding for DHS expires at midnight tonight, which means Congress is quickly running out of time to pass another continuing resolution. If they don’t do it today, nearly 30,000 employees will be furloughed. Among the hardest hit will be FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Robert Autry, president of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 4060, which represents FEMA headquarters employees here in Washington, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive to further explain how a shutdown would impact the agency.
Stop us if you’ve heard this before. Congress, divided over policy, threatens to let funding lapse for federal agencies. That would cause furloughs for some, and working without pay for others. The last time it happened, federal employees had grounds for a lawsuit over violations of labor law. Could it happen again for Homeland Security employees? As part of this week’s Legal Loop, Heidi Burakiewicz, a partner at the law firm Mehri & Skalet, joined Tom Temin on the Federal Drive with some answers.
A House subcommittee hosted a hearing Thursday to discuss emerging threats and technologies, but the topic that dominated conversation was whether the Homeland Security Department would be funded after Feb. 27.
The Homeland Security Department would furlough 30,000 employees if the agency shuts down at the end of the month. Secretary Jeh Johnson says even if Congress passes a continuing resolution, he still might have to furlough employees. Chip Fulghum is the chief financial officer of the Homeland Security Department. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained what how a CR affects his agency’s operation.
If Congress can’t put together a spending plan for the Homeland Security Department by the end of the month, DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson says he may have to furlough 30,000 employees. David Hawkings is Senior Editor of Roll Call. On In Depth with Francis Rose, he explained the current budget progress on Capitol Hill.
Employees at the Internal Revenue Service may face two days of furloughs before the end of the fiscal year. IRS Commissioner John Koskinen detailed stark budget realities in an agency-wide e-mail to employees.
President Barack Obama named Jenny R. Yang as the new EEOC chair Tuesday, but one employee union has already given her a list of issues they’d like to see her tackle.
It was just a year ago that feds were facing furloughs and worrying about a possible government shutdown. Things sure have changed, haven’t they?
Senior Correspondent Mike Causey wants to know: If the score is 32,000 them and 0 you, do you change your game plan? If your significant other says no 32,000 times in a row, do you consider another tactic? Do Congress and the White House need a new playbook?