Many political observers predict the government shutdown will continue until the separate debt ceiling crisis is resolved, meaning the government is unlikely to open until Oct. 18. As the government continues into day 7 of the shutdown over a temprorary spending bill to fund the government, House Republicans and aren't budging from tying the bill to additional concessions from Democrats, although it remains unclear exactly what they could be, given Obama's insistence that he will not undermine the Affordable Care Act.
The Defense Department will recall most of its civilian workforce that was furloughed due to the government shutdown, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said in an Oct. 5 statement. Hagel gained authority through a recent law that allows him to pay civilian personnel who provide support to the Armed Forces, he said.
Sequestration has forced the Army to defer refurbishment of 800 vehicles, 2,000 weapons, 32 helicopters and 10,000 pieces of communication gear returned from combat zones in 2013, or $1.7 billion of the planned $4 billion equipment reset, the Army's deputy chief of staff for logistics told Congress last week.
Until it receives appropriations for fiscal 2014, the General Services Administration won't pay any utility bills whose meter-read end date falls on Oct. 1 or later.
Budget constraints outweigh cyber attacks as the largest threat to information technology infrastructure, finds a nonscientific poll of federal, state and local IT officials. Coincidentally, budget instability is a subject of the moment, with the government in its third day of shutdown due to failure by Congress to approve a spending measure for the fiscal year that began Oct. 1.
As the government continues through a third day of shutdown, there has been no movement toward a continuing resolution, even after a Wednesday night meeting between President Obama and congressional leaders. Obama reasserted his position that he will not negotiate on either the continuing resolution or the debt ceiling.
Public support for government social programs declined sharply between 2008 and 2010, but the economy had little impact on that attitude, a recently released paper in the American Sociological Review says. The paper (.pdf) asserts political partisanship had more to do with waning support of federal programs during the recession.
The Defense Department doesn't yet know how a law President Obama signed Monday to pay military and civilain workers during the shutdown will affect civilian DoD workers who were furloughed. The law (H.R. 3210) gives Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel the authority to provide pay to the civilian personnel who Hagel determines are providing support to members of the Armed Forces. The law does not set a dollar amount
Insufficient funds for the new fiscal year caused the much of the federal government to close on Oct. 1. In addition to somewhere between one-third and half of federal employees being furloughed, many federal websites are also on a hiatus. The response from federal web managers, however, appears inconsistent.
Little progress has been made on re-opening federal agencies since a lack of funds for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1 forced the government to furlough between a third and a half of its employees.