Thursday, April 7, 2011

Shutdown of the Federal Government - Causes, Processes, & Effects

The Congressional Research Service recently published a 10-page CRS Report for Congress on Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects.  If Congress does not pass a budget today, the information in that report will be particularly important. 


Clinton T. Brass, Analyst in Government Organization and Management, author of the report, explains that “OMB documents and guidance from previous funding gaps and shutdowns may provide insights into current and future practices. OPM has recommended on a website that agencies use OMB guidelines to determine ‘excepted’ positions (i.e., those not subject to furlough) and provided retyped copies of previous OMB bulletins and memoranda for reference.”  Those guidelines are all cited in footnote 19 of the report.  Please contact me or your librarian liaison if you’d like to see the text of any of those OMB memoranda or bulletins.


Pat Court

Associate Law Librarian