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OPM Tells Us What a Government Shutdown Would Mean

| by Mark Berman Opposing Views

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has issued a statement on the possible government shutdown, which would begin at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, April 9 unless an agreement is reached. The statement, which explains what would happen to federal workers, begins with the following:

The President has made it clear that he does not want a government shutdown, and the Administration is willing and ready to work day and night to find a solution that all sides can agree with. That said, given the realities of the calendar, prudent management requires we plan for an orderly shutdown should the negotiations not be completed by the end of the current continuing resolution.

The OPM statement spells out what a government shutdown would mean for federal employees. Basically, some workers would be furloughed, while others would remain on the job. Those who are still working would not be paid, however. They would get their money when a deal is reached and government is back up and running again.

Congress would then determine whether to pay furloughed workers what they would have received had they continued working.

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All workers would continue to get health benefits during a shutdown.

The NPR blog also reports: 

"The nation's military forces would continue working in the event of a government shutdown...But as many as 800,000-plus civilian federal workers — including those employed by the Department of Defense — would be furloughed if the government shuts down Friday at midnight for lack of funding."

"Activities that would continue, officials said, include those "necessary for the safety of life and protection of property," including the military, law enforcement, air traffic control and Department of Homeland Security functions. But Medicare recipients would continue to receive their coverage because it is funded through the program's trust fund. And the Veteran's Administration would remain open because it operates under a multi-year funding calendar."