What a December CR means for federal workers

Capitol Hill leaders plan to seek a temporary funding measure to keep the government open through Dec. 9, a move that will have consequences for the federal workforce.

Photo credit: Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock.com
 

Photo credit: Ritu Manoj Jethani / Shutterstock.com.

The clock is ticking on the government's operating status yet again. Congress has until the end of September to pass a slate of appropriations bills or a continuing resolution to avoid a government shutdown.

The good news for feds is that in a tough election season, with the White House and control of Congress on the line, there appears to be little appetite among incumbents of either party for a shutdown. A consensus seems to be emerging that would allow for a continuing resolution to fund the government through Dec. 9.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said that he would like to see a Dec. 9 continuing resolution as early as next week. President Obama has invited Capitol Hill leaders for a meeting on Sept. 12 to discuss government funding and relatedly a stalled effort to provide funding to combat the Zika virus.

Sen. Harry Reid (D-Nev.), the minority leader, said that he wants a short-term funding measure, and noted in a floor speech on Sept. 6 that President Obama "will reject any continuing resolution that extends into 2017."

One potential roadblock to a short-term CR is the House Freedom Caucus. Speaking to reporters after a Sept. 9 closed-door meeting of Republican lawmakers, some conservative members expressed reluctance to go along with a three-month continuing resolution without some policy concessions. However, those reservations may not matter much; in the past, more moderate House Republicans have teamed up with Democrats to pass budget measures without the support of the far right wing of the GOP caucus.

But just because stopgap funding appears likely, it's not all good news for feds.

"It's all about perspective. Relative to a government shutdown, CRs are great," Doug Criscitello, Executive Director of MIT's Golub Center for Finance and Policy told FCW. "But from nearly all other views, they impede government's ability to operate efficiently. Agencies started planning for fiscal year 2017 well over a year ago, so all of the effort that went into developing a rational plan for administering programs and operating government to address current needs are thrown out the window in favor of a 'just do what you did last year' approach."

A short-term CR before a presidential election could be useful to the budget negotiators in other ways, though.

"The outcome of the election can help provide some degree of direction to congressional and White House budget negotiators," Criscitello said. He also added, "the incoming administration will need to quickly translate its policy priorities into the FY18 budget, which begins Oct. 1, 2017, so current officials would be doing the incoming folks a solid if they wrapped up the FY17 budget soon."

Though temporary funding measures have become standard operating procedure in recent years, multiple bills can impact the workforce.

"If a CR persists for more than a month or two, the funding uncertainty can have an adverse impact on federal agencies, the programs they administer, and the citizens they serve," Criscitello noted. "Late budgets mean inject substantial uncertainty into program and project planning and delivery. Spending is compressed into a shorter period of time, making contracts and grants much more inefficient."

NEXT STORY: OMB seeks IT buying expert

X
This website uses cookies to enhance user experience and to analyze performance and traffic on our website. We also share information about your use of our site with our social media, advertising and analytics partners. Learn More / Do Not Sell My Personal Information
Accept Cookies
X
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Do Not Sell My Personal Information

When you visit our website, we store cookies on your browser to collect information. The information collected might relate to you, your preferences or your device, and is mostly used to make the site work as you expect it to and to provide a more personalized web experience. However, you can choose not to allow certain types of cookies, which may impact your experience of the site and the services we are able to offer. Click on the different category headings to find out more and change our default settings according to your preference. You cannot opt-out of our First Party Strictly Necessary Cookies as they are deployed in order to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting the cookie banner and remembering your settings, to log into your account, to redirect you when you log out, etc.). For more information about the First and Third Party Cookies used please follow this link.

Allow All Cookies

Manage Consent Preferences

Strictly Necessary Cookies - Always Active

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data, Targeting & Social Media Cookies

Under the California Consumer Privacy Act, you have the right to opt-out of the sale of your personal information to third parties. These cookies collect information for analytics and to personalize your experience with targeted ads. You may exercise your right to opt out of the sale of personal information by using this toggle switch. If you opt out we will not be able to offer you personalised ads and will not hand over your personal information to any third parties. Additionally, you may contact our legal department for further clarification about your rights as a California consumer by using this Exercise My Rights link

If you have enabled privacy controls on your browser (such as a plugin), we have to take that as a valid request to opt-out. Therefore we would not be able to track your activity through the web. This may affect our ability to personalize ads according to your preferences.

Targeting cookies may be set through our site by our advertising partners. They may be used by those companies to build a profile of your interests and show you relevant adverts on other sites. They do not store directly personal information, but are based on uniquely identifying your browser and internet device. If you do not allow these cookies, you will experience less targeted advertising.

Social media cookies are set by a range of social media services that we have added to the site to enable you to share our content with your friends and networks. They are capable of tracking your browser across other sites and building up a profile of your interests. This may impact the content and messages you see on other websites you visit. If you do not allow these cookies you may not be able to use or see these sharing tools.

If you want to opt out of all of our lead reports and lists, please submit a privacy request at our Do Not Sell page.

Save Settings
Cookie Preferences Cookie List

Cookie List

A cookie is a small piece of data (text file) that a website – when visited by a user – asks your browser to store on your device in order to remember information about you, such as your language preference or login information. Those cookies are set by us and called first-party cookies. We also use third-party cookies – which are cookies from a domain different than the domain of the website you are visiting – for our advertising and marketing efforts. More specifically, we use cookies and other tracking technologies for the following purposes:

Strictly Necessary Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Functional Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Performance Cookies

We do not allow you to opt-out of our certain cookies, as they are necessary to ensure the proper functioning of our website (such as prompting our cookie banner and remembering your privacy choices) and/or to monitor site performance. These cookies are not used in a way that constitutes a “sale” of your data under the CCPA. You can set your browser to block or alert you about these cookies, but some parts of the site will not work as intended if you do so. You can usually find these settings in the Options or Preferences menu of your browser. Visit www.allaboutcookies.org to learn more.

Sale of Personal Data

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Social Media Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.

Targeting Cookies

We also use cookies to personalize your experience on our websites, including by determining the most relevant content and advertisements to show you, and to monitor site traffic and performance, so that we may improve our websites and your experience. You may opt out of our use of such cookies (and the associated “sale” of your Personal Information) by using this toggle switch. You will still see some advertising, regardless of your selection. Because we do not track you across different devices, browsers and GEMG properties, your selection will take effect only on this browser, this device and this website.