With a shutdown averted, federal agencies face budget constraints — and inefficiency

Oct 1, 2021
Because lawmakers couldn’t agree on a series of spending bills before Oct. 1, agencies keep running on last year’s budget.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi signs a bill at the Capitol on Sept. 30 to fund the U.S. government and avoid a federal shutdown.
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Shutdown deadline looms over COVID-19 relief talks

Dec 18, 2020
Democrats and Republicans have hit a snag in their deal, disagreeing over a provision that aims to limit the Federal Reserve's lending powers.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell walks to the Senate floor at the U.S. Capitol on Dec. 17.  McConnell said with a shutdown deadline looming at midnight Friday, weekend work in Congress is "highly likely."
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Government shutdown, COVID talk await Congress

Sep 8, 2020
There are two big things Congress needs to get done this fall.
As the Senate and the House return from recess, the pandemic and the prospect of a government shutdown loom on the agenda.
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Reflecting on the longest government shutdown, one year on

Jan 23, 2020
How the longest shutdown in U.S. history changed the way one federal contractor thinks about work.
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For government contractors, shutdown debt can linger

Nov 18, 2019
Lila Johnson is still paying back the money she borrowed last shutdown.
Lila Johnson, a 72-year-old custodian at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, said she would retire if she could afford it.
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Government recruiting in the age of shutdowns

Nov 1, 2019
Federal workers started bailing out of government jobs last December, as the shutdown got underway; 22,000 quit in March.
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How much do government shutdowns really cost?

Sep 27, 2019
Many indirect costs are not counted in official estimates.
Protesters hold signs during a protest rally by government workers and concerned citizens against the government shutdown on Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 at Post Office Square near the Federal building, headquarters for the EPA and IRS in Boston. The rally was organized by The American Federation of Government Employees. New England has 516 EPA employees that is now down to a staff of 22.
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2 weeks after the shutdown ended, many federal employees still wait for pay

Feb 8, 2019
The partial government shutdown ended two weeks ago, but thousands of workers still haven’t received their back pay. Restarting an organization as immense as the federal government after an extended shutdown takes time and can be fraught with unexpected delays. Federal payroll processing has been delayed by email backlogs, software glitches and an overwhelming number […]
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After the shutdown, debt may linger for federal employees

Feb 7, 2019
Missing two paychecks led many of them to take on debt to pay bills. Odds are they'll be paying it off for a while.
Furloughed federal workers and those aligned with them protest the partial government shutdown in the Hart Senate Office Building Jan. 23, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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Federal workers owed back pay set to receive it this week

Jan 29, 2019
Government agencies responsible for payroll worked over the weekend to start issuing missed paychecks.