In the event of midnight Monday arriving without an appropriations bill for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, about 98 percent of the FCC workforce will be sent home after, in most cases, spending a half day at work for the orderly shutdown of operations, the agency's shutdown plan (.pdf) says.
Only a small percentage of employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and most other Commerce Department components would be exempt from furloughs made necessary by a government shutdown.
More than one employee in 10 will be furloughed from the Homeland Security Department should Congress fail to approve a funding measure by midnight Monday--and some offices within DHS will see nearly all staff prevented from coming to work. The reasons for the variance are due to the different funding mechanisms and missions of DHS components.
Bulk collection of telephone records by the intelligence community wasn't intended by Congress, said Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), adding that he has introduced a bipartisan bill that would end the practice. He said his bill would permit U.S. intelligence to continue collection under Section 215 of the Patriot Act (codified at 50 USC § 1861), the law cited by the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court as authority for storage by the NSA of metadata associated with telephone calls.
Donations increase signiﬁcantly after politicians adopted Twitter, but the donations are primarily from outside their constituencies, with little increase from within their constituencies, finds a paper published Sept. 10 in the Government Information Quarterly.
Establishment of a national operations center capable of coordinating Homeland Security Department component response to large disasters will be difficult to do in the absence of a consolidated headquarters, says the Congressional Research Service.
House Appropriations Committee introduced a measure to fund the government through Dec. 15, but also issued a concurrent resolution that would defund the Affordable Care Act. The bill funds the government at $986.3 billion starting Oct. 1, which is slightly less than the current fiscal 2013 sequestration level of $988 billion, a Sept. 10 statement from Committee Chair Rep. Hal Rogers (R-Ky.) on the continuing resolution (.pdf) says.
Spending on House staff salaries hit a low level during the second quarter of 2013 not seen since since 2007, statistics from Legistorm show. The legislative branch-focused research organization attributes the decrease in total staff salaries to a drop in the number of House staffers.
In the wake of major disasters in the past, agencies have waived regulations to support the affected region. After Hurricane Katrina, the Transportation Department waived restrictions on trucker hours, and the Internal Revenue Service allowed taxpayers to file tax returns later without penalties, for example.
The House and Senate have yet to agree on a budget for fiscal 2014, which begins Oct. 1, just 3 weeks after lawmakers return on Sept. 9. Meanwhile, the Congressional Budget Office projects that in October or November, the Treasury will have run out of borrowing authority.