Policy

GOP Lawmakers: Shutdown Could Last for Weeks

Trump summoned House and Senate leaders to the White House but failed to persuade them to fund the border wall.

Business

Civilians Are Cheaper Than Contractors for Most Defense Jobs, Internal Report Finds

Contractors are particularly more expensive in the capital and Southeastern regions, according to a report obtained exclusively by Government Executive.

Ideas

'I Am Proud to Shut Down the Government,' Trump Says During Fight with Democrats

The president made his position clear, saying he will “take the blame” if some federal agencies close.

Policy

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.

Policy

Just One in Six Feds Say They’re Excited to Implement Trump's Agenda

Most federal employees report feeling disrespected by the president; many say they will leave federal service soon.

Policy

Pentagon Unleashes 1,200 Auditors for Unprecedented Financial Review

After decades of false starts, the Defense Department aims to issue its first audit report in November 2018.

Threats

Amid Federal Finger-Pointing, FEMA Takes Stock of Puerto Rico Effort

The director acknowledged an imperfect response and says he wants to create a cadre of FEMA reservists.

Policy

Defense Contractors Begin Early Shutdown Preparations

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

Policy

Annual Defense Bill Aims to Rein in Pentagon Outsourcing

Supporters say measure would protect federal employees from seeing their jobs contracted out.

Science & Tech

Veterans Affairs to Adopt DoD’s Electronic Health-Records System

VA will sign onto MHS Genesis platform being developed by Cerner and Leidos under a $4 billion contract.

Policy

Trump Ends Federal Hiring Freeze, but Workforce Cuts Loom

In issuing guidance for reductions, OMB director tells feds not to focus on who will be fired.

Business

Trump to Congress: Give Pentagon $54B. I'll Tell You Why Later

The roughly 10% boost would come out of nearly every other federal agency’s 2018 budget, including foreign aid.

Policy

CIA, ODNI Get Exemption from Trump's Hiring Freeze

Agency leaders are told that if someone would work during a government shutdown, their job can be filled during the freeze.

Policy

Trump Wants DHS to Hire 15,000 for Border Security? Not So Fast

The proposed surge would provide assets some agency officials have long requested. It would also enable Trump to fulfill a campaign promise—but it comes with challenges.