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Wednesday, October 02, 2013

Impact of a government shutdown

Agency-by-agency breakdown
A government shutdown this week is interrupting services and jeopardizing the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers. The federal government does not stop functioning completely, and by law, certain agencies must operate with unsalaried employees. They include those that deal with national security and the safety of people and property, as well as those that manage benefits such as Social Security payments. The U.S. Postal Service will also be unaffected by a shutdown. Here’s what some agencies have said about their plans this time around.
Department employee totals are from departmental contingency plans that were updated this year. This graphic has been updated with more complete information about agencies’ 2013 contingency plans.


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