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Undoing shutdown prep -- tell us about your week

Welcome back to the office (or home office.) Many federal employees went home Friday expecting to be furloughed before Monday, and we all know now how that went.

Many agencies spent last week preparing for a shutdown and now have to undo their preparations -- or maybe hold off a few days to be assured the agreed-to fiscal 2011 budget actually passes as Congress has promised it would.

You tell us: What did you have to do last week and undo this week? How is your agency handling the lingering uncertainty until final passage of the budget?

Posted on Apr 11, 2011 at 12:18 PM

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Reader comments

Thu, Apr 14, 2011

We made a list of active contracts and who the govt. client was and the contractor contacts and how to contact them all. Then decided if the project could be stopped or had to continue. Then we sent out letters via email about the potential shut down and that if we do shut down we'll send a letter Monday to that effect. Yes, we'd come in for a couple of hours to send out suspension/stop work letters. But we didn't. Then we had to send out letter confirming we were not shut down. I pray they do pass the FY-2011 budget by Thursday, 4/14/11 and not start fighting again and going back on their word.

Tue, Apr 12, 2011

We do assisted acquisitions so we spent the week trying to find out from our clients if the contracted function was considered essential, if so would anyone be at their site to monitor the contractors, and then preparing stop work letters that never got sent

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