Less than 2 percent of National Science Foundation personnel qualified as essential enough to continue working during the government shutdown under the agency's contingency plan. Within the Health and Human Services Department, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has retained 32 percent of its staff.
If the government shutdown last more than a few weeks, veterans might not get their disability and pension benefits, says a Sept. 30 statement from Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The General Services Administration will remain open during the government shutdown, retaining enough staff to protect federal property and continue to provide support to other federal agencies exempt from furloughs, GSA guidance on the shutdown says.
On the eve of the government shutdown Sept. 30, the Office of Government Ethics issued an advisory reminding federal employees that even if they are furloughed, they remain subject to federal ethics laws.
The majority of Justice Department employees are exempt from furloughs as the government shuts down because they are considered necessary to protect life and property, DOJ guidance on the shutdown says.
About half of the Defense Department civilian workforce will be furloughed if lawmakers can't agree on a measure to fund government operations in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a Sept. 27 DoD statement says.
Reforming Postal Service health care so retirees utilize Medicare would save USPS money and help keep the agency solvent, USPS Postmaster General Patrick Donahoe told a Senate panel Sept. 26.
As federal workers prepare to be furloughed during a possible government shutdown, the prospects for congressional approval of a continuing resolution look increasingly imperiled. House Speaker John Boehner said Thursday that House Republicans will not accept a spending bill from the Senate stripped of a provision that defunds the Affordable Care Act, Roll Call reports.
Just a week before a possible government shutdown, the Defense Department warned its civilian employees that furloughs could be in their future for those who aren't exempt and they might not get paid for the forced time off. Employees who aren't excepted or exempt will be barred from working during the shutdown, except to perform minimal activities that would be necessary to suspend agency operations, a Sept. 23 DoD memo (.pdf) says.
Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis didn't disclose a 2004 arrest or financial problems when he applied for security clearance as a Navy reservist in 2007, a Sept. 23 Navy statement says. The Office of Personnel background report to the Navy also failed to reveal that Alexis had shot out the tires of another person's car during a dispute in Seattle in 2004, the statement says. Alexis served in the Navy reserves from 2007-2011. At the time of the Sept. 16 shooting he was employed as an IT contractor for the Navy.