On day 18 of the partial government shutdown, Majority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) unveiled the House Democrats' plan to reopen government, calling the need to end the shutdown a top priority.
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and a group of federal employees detailed the impact of the shutdown, calling for the Senate to pass funding bills and protections for federal employees.
NASA is operating without a congressional appropriation but its key governmentwide acquisition vehicle is navigating the shutdown so far.
The Department of Homeland Security's nascent cybersecurity agency is short-staffed during a key growth year.
The leadership personnel shuffle at the Pentagon has outside observers focused on budget, acquisition and business reforms.
The president told reporters on Jan. 6 that he "can relate" to federal workers who are working without pay or furloughed and may miss at least one paycheck as a result of an ongoing partial shutdown of the federal government.
A new rule lets legislators suspend the government's borrowing limit -- currently set to kick in March 1 -- without a separate vote.
A new House select committee will be charged with examining how to modernize outdated technology and procedures.
The safety net for federal workers on the job without pay or furloughs is "having a strong border" the president said in a Jan. 4 news conference.
The shutdown won't have a significant impact on transition planning for the Enterprise Infrastructure Solutions contract, according to one contracting expert. Major IT acquisition vehicles also continue to operate -- at least for now.
The federal workforce takes the brunt of the shutdown impact, but there's another group who may be dissuaded from joining government altogether: young prospective employees and students.
In 2013 during another shutdown, FCW took a look at how the prospect of furloughs and unpaid work were affecting the morale of students planning careers in the federal government.