UPDATE 6 April 10:15 AM EST:
…the White House has ordered federal agencies to prep for a government shutdown.
Ed O’Keefe at the Washington Post obtained the memo from a federal official, and confirmed its authenticity with the Office of Management and Budget.
“[G]iven the realities of the calendar, good management requires that we continue contingency planning for an orderly shutdown should the negotiations not be completed by” April 8, the memo reads. More guidance should be forthcoming today. The development occurs just as House leadership is distributing guidance members of Congress about shutdown protocol.
The President and Congressional leadership have made it clear they want to avoid a government shutdown, and negotiations to that end are continuing. That said, given the realities of the calendar, good management requires that we continue contingency planning for an orderly shutdown should the negotiations not be completed by the end of the current CR this coming Friday, April 8th at midnight.
Acknowledging the disruption and risks a shutdown can cause for employees and agencies, we continue to work with agency leaders to refine and update their contingency plans. And today, we are encouraging you to communicate with senior managers throughout your organizations as appropriate to ensure you have their feedback and input on plans to date. These communications should be focused on the logistical and managerial issues related to a potential shutdown to ensure that managers are prepared to implement your shutdown plans should the need arise.
We know that the current uncertainty and threat of a shutdown is a tremendous burden on federal employees, and are very much aware that a shutdown – should it occur – would impose hardships on many employees. We are continuing to monitor the status of negotiations, and will work with you to best prepare the hard-working men and women of our workforce for any contingency.
We will be back in touch with another update no later than tomorrow morning.
UPDATE 5 April 2011 | 7:12 PM MST: Guidance for federal employees during a government shutdown
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