Shutdown Watch: OPM shares furlough information; Progress on 2011 budget is mixed

Nearly 800,000 feds would be affected by a shutdown

The Office of Personnel Management released guidance late April 5 to deal with questions about employee furloughs that would occur if Congress fails to approve a fiscal 2011 budget – or another funding extension –  by midnight April 8.

A senior administration official said during an conference call with reporters today that nearly 800,000 feds could be affected by a shutdown. However, progress on a budget compromise appears mixed, The Hill reports.

Unlike the previous government shutdown in the mid-1990s, agencies have new problems to grapple with, such as deciding whether websites or e-mail systems should be deemed “essential,” The New York Times reports.

Looking for a breakdown of possible shutdown consequences and key players in the budget process? The Associated Press has created a nifty graphic to track the debate and how things went awry.

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Alyah Khan is a staff writer covering IT policy.

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 Stan

Mr most immediate concern is the families of our military who already live paycheck to paycheck.

Thu, Apr 7, 2011

If everything shuts down and we are too, then it will not matter to us, as we will not be able to afford/buy food, supplies, and medicines. There are a lot of us feds that live paycheck to paycheck, so without a paycheck coming in, we will not be able to buy things, thus hurting our economy even more!

Thu, Apr 7, 2011

> But that wouldn't be an immediate problem since just about everything you will need for the next month is already in the supply chain...not the manufacturing chain. If the shutdown occurs and is less than a week or two, there would be no adverse effect. Let's not become overly dramatic and panic.

Wed, Apr 6, 2011

Interestingly, the AP graphic shows that food inspections will only be minimally impacted because meat and poultry will continue to be inspected, but that only covers USDA. What about everything else we eat, and the medical products that we use? The FDA WILL be impacted by the shutdown, which means that inspections of facilities that manufacture/process your foods, dietary supplements, drugs, devices, blood products, vaccines, etc. will come to a stop.

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