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Unless something close to a miracle occurs, the government will shut down at midnight Friday.

You might think that would pose a problem for FCW because covering the doings of government is hard to do when it's doing nothing. But in fact, we've spent the past few days figuring out how we will cover the shutdown. We know our readers will need up-to-the-minute information on where things stand, when agencies might reopen and how they can cope in the meantime.

We'll bring you that and, for the essential workers who aren't furloughed, we'll report on what is happening inside government.  We will make full use of our own reporting staff, and also provide links to the most useful and interesting reporting published elsewhere.

We know a furlough isn't a bonus vacation. Employees who are enduring an indefinite amount of time without a paycheck are going to be worried and stressed. We can't make Congress resolve its differences, but we can provide timely and accurate information for our government readers -- and so we will.

If you get our daily e-mail newsletters, use the link at the bottom of the newsletter to change your e-mail address to one you will have access to after a shutdown. If you're not already a subscriber, go here to sign up. Or if you'd prefer, follow our Twitter account @fedcomputerweek, "like" us on Facebook, or  just remember to check our homepage frequently for updates.

The government has shut down before, and if it shuts down again we will get through it this time just as feds did then. It won't be easy or pleasant, but keep the faith: Things will get better, and soon.

Posted by Michael Hardy on Apr 07, 2011 at 12:18 PM


FCW in Print

In the latest issue: Looking back on three decades of big stories in federal IT.

Featured

  • Anne Rung -- Commerce Department Photo

    Exit interview with Anne Rung

    The government's departing top acquisition official said she leaves behind a solid foundation on which to build more effective and efficient federal IT.

  • Charles Phalen

    Administration appoints first head of NBIB

    The National Background Investigations Bureau announced the appointment of its first director as the agency prepares to take over processing government background checks.

  • Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.)

    Senator: Rigid hiring process pushes millennials from federal work

    Sen. James Lankford (R-Okla.) said agencies are missing out on younger workers because of the government's rigidity, particularly its protracted hiring process.

  • FCW @ 30 GPS

    FCW @ 30

    Since 1987, FCW has covered it all -- the major contracts, the disruptive technologies, the picayune scandals and the many, many people who make federal IT function. Here's a look back at six of the most significant stories.

  • Shutterstock image.

    A 'minibus' appropriations package could be in the cards

    A short-term funding bill is expected by Sept. 30 to keep the federal government operating through early December, but after that the options get more complicated.

  • Defense Secretary Ash Carter speaks at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco

    DOD launches new tech hub in Austin

    The DOD is opening a new Defense Innovation Unit Experimental office in Austin, Texas, while Congress debates legislation that could defund DIUx.

Reader comments

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 Roger DoD USAF -Lackland AFB

Thanks for the info and concern - I really appreciate it

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 Jim

Legislation needs to be passed to require that Congress can not introduce, act on, or vote on any legislation until the Federal budget has been passed by both houses and signed into law.

Fri, Apr 8, 2011 billy zeck

Home email during furlough.

Fri, Apr 8, 2011

I did not vote for my congressman or senator so they could forever play with the budget. They need to sit down work out a deal and move on,they have other things to do.

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