Ep. 35: After Mattis + Shutdown’s effect on national security

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UPDATED: See Who Gets Sent Home in a Shutdown

Some agencies would furlough virtually everyone, while others would remain completely open if there is a lapse in appropriations.

Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

Private firms are already ahead of the government in their planning, experts say.

How Budget Battles Undermine National Security

Congress should raise the debt limit and break its dependence on continuing resolutions.

Troops Would Get Paid On Time During Shutdown Under Bill

The Pay Our Military Act proposed by Rep. Mike Coffman would ensure pay in the event of an appropriations lapse and expire at the end of 2016.

Pentagon Warns 2 Million Troops, Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

The looming government shutdown threatens paychecks for roughly 2 million troops and civilians, but some shrug as this happened before — just two years ago.

Government Agencies Told To Prepare for Another Shutdown

The Office of Emergency Management is instructing federal agencies to get ready for another government shutdown as Congress continues to debate how to fund the government. By Eric Katz

Government Shutdown Whispers Begin Again

The same Republican faction that brought last year's furloughs and closings may be ready to have at it again. By Molly Ball

Now Contractors Furloughed During the Shutdown Could Receive Back Pay

Proposed legislation would allow low-wage contract workers to receive wages for the 16 days the federal government was shuttered. By Eric Katz

Poll: Shutdown Skyrockets Public Opinion of Federal Workers

Confidence in federal workers hits five year high in a wave of shutdown sympathy, according to a new GWU poll. By William C. Adams and Donna Lind Infeld

Kerry Says World Leaders Mocked Him Over Shutdown

Foreign leaders ribbed Secretary of State John Kerry over the shutdown, asking him if he needed money to pay for his meals. By Beth Reinhard

After the Shutdown, Uncertainty Still Plagues Pentagon

Congress averted disaster and reopened the government for business as usual. That’s the problem, say Pentagon leaders. By Kevin Baron

Back to Work! Federal Employees To Return Thursday Morning

After a late night vote, the White House told federal employees to expect to return to work Thursday morning, but check the OMB website for updates. By GovExec Staff

Senate Shutdown Deal Includes Back-Pay Measure For Furloughed Feds

Even if the legislation passes, it may be a while before furloughed civilians receive their paychecks. By Kellie Lunney

Senate Shutdown Deal Moves to House, Again

House GOP scheduled for 3 p.m. meeting on bill that will require Democratic support. By Billy House

Shutdown Shutters Very Large Array Radio Telescope

A lack of federal funding forces the iconic telescope to halt its research activities on outer space. By Bob Brewin