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What happens (and what doesn't) if the government shuts down?

The prospects of a government shutdown are starting to look pretty good, as lawmakers continue to work on a continuing resolution to provide funding for the remainder of fiscal 2011. If they can't reach agreement in just a week, the government officially runs out of money.

When a similar budget dispute between a Democratic president and a Republican controlled Congress forced a shutdown in 1995-1996, many agency programs simply shut down and employees stayed home, unpaid. Things have changed since then -- the threat of terrorism is more immediate, for one thing, and the relationships between feds and contractors have evolved.

How do you think a government shutdown would affect your agency and your personal sphere of influence? What do you see as some possible unintended consequences?

Posted by Michael Hardy on Feb 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM


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