Congress passes full-year funding

Legislation reflects handshake deal that narrowly averted shutdown

Editor's note: This story was updated late on April 14 to include the Senate's passage of the bill.

Congress passed legislation on April 14 that would fund the government through the end of fiscal 2011. The bill, which includes $1.05 trillion in spending, reflects an agreement that Congress reached late on the night of April 8 to avert a government shutdown.

On April 12, the White House announced that it supports the bill, although the administration disliked many of the cuts in the measure. By the evening of April 14, the bill was awaiting President Barack Obama's signature.

Related stories:

After the shutdown battle: What now?

IT programs face big cuts in new spending bill

“The bill reflects a compromise that will help the federal government live within its means while protecting those investments that will help America compete for new jobs,” the announcement states.

The current continuing resolution funds the government through April 15.

The latest bill, called the "Fiscal 2011 Department of Defense and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act.," would prevent a government shutdown, assure agencies of their money and provide funds for defense spending. However, IT programs are taking a hit under the legislation.

About the Author

Matthew Weigelt is a freelance journalist who writes about acquisition and procurement.

FCW in Print

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


  • 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

Please post your comments here. Comments are moderated, so they may not appear immediately after submitting. We will not post comments that we consider abusive or off-topic.

Please type the letters/numbers you see above

More from 1105 Public Sector Media Group