Jeri Buchholz, former NASA CHCO and now strategic business development adviser for FMP Consulting, advises federal managers to begin preparing for a government shutdown by communicating more openly and often with their workforce.
Preparations for a government shutdown are underway, so if Congress does wind up making a deal and keeps the government open, agencies have spent a lot of time and money for no reason. Chris Cummiskey was deputy under secretary for management and acting deputy under secretary for management at the Homeland Security Department. He’s now CEO at Cummiskey Strategic Solutions. He tells In Depth with Francis Rose about the real costs of a government shutdown.
Sources from the House Oversight and Government Reform and the House Appropriations committees said Monday that a vote on a “clean” continuing resolution has not yet been scheduled for next week.
AFGE reminds Congress, White House and others of the concerns feds had during the last government shutdown and the impact the work stoppage had on them and their families in 2013.
Reps. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) and Nita Lowey (D-NY) said there have been few bipartisan negotiations so far, and a new budget proposal from the Republican Study Committee has them particularly worried. Congress has until Sept. 30 to pass some sort of budget resolution that would keep the government open past the end of the month.
Secretary John McHugh said an impending budget showdown coupled with a reduction in forces could have a serious impact on the Army’s readiness.
The National Intelligence Director said he’s working through the fiscal 2017 budget request to limit or reverse the impacts of budget uncertainty on the IC workforce.
With only 10 days left to pass sweeping budget deals and little agreement over proposals, Congress’ likely options are pass a continuing resolution, or force a shutdown.
Congress returns after its August recess needing to complete 12 spending bills, deal with a looming fiscal deadline, and focus on cybersecurity and DoD issues.
Former Defense Department Comptroller Bob Hale wants Congress to learn from the past five years of budgetary turmoil. Congress has about 10 work days when it gets back from recess Sept. 8. – with no immediate sign of a budget deal for fiscal 2016.
In lieu of a government shutdown, a continuing resolution can be an improvement opportunity for agency leaders and transition officers.
As agencies enter the final month of the fiscal year, spending is expected to increase significantly, especially through multiple award contracts.
The Secretary of the Air Force and its Chief of Staff say a full year continuing resolution would have a significant impact on the service, particularly by slowing down or halting as many as 50 acquisition programs.
An updated report from the Office of Management and Budget states that agencies face $1.8 billion in governmentwide cuts if sequestration kicks in unless Congress lifts spending caps.