OMB to Feds: Prepare for the Possibility of a Shutdown

December 15, 2011

Once again, many federal agencies are on the brink of having to shut down their operations, and once again, the Obama administration is feeling the need to warn them that a closure is looming.

The Washington Post's Ed O'Keefe reported Wednesday that the Office of Management and Budget was planning to send a message by close of business telling employees at affected agencies that they could be temporarily forced off the job after Friday. That's the latest deadline for Congress to either come to an agreement on fiscal 2012 appropriations or pass another short-term spending measure keeping government open.

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