Friday, September 27, 2013

Information on Government shutdown

Government Shutdown (from wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Government_shutdown)


“A federal government shutdown causes a large number of civilian federal employees to be furloughed. Military personnel are not furloughed, but may not be paid as scheduled.


The exact details of which government functions would stop during a shutdown is determined by the Office of Management and Budget. However, some specific aspects have applied to all shutdowns in the past. Among these is the closure of national parks and passport offices. "Emergency personnel" continue to be employed, including the military, border agents, doctors and nurses working in federal hospitals, and air traffic controllers. Members of Congress continue to be paid, because their pay cannot be altered except by direct law. Mail delivery is not affected as it is self-funded.”


Office of Management and Budget (from wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Office_of_Management_and_Budget )


“The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is the largest office within the Executive Office of the President of the United States (EOP). The Director of the OMB is a member of the President's Cabinet. The main job of the OMB is to assist the President to prepare the budget. The OMB also measures the quality of agency programs, policies, and procedures and to see if they comply with the President's policies.


The current OMB Director is Sylvia Mathews Burwell.”


On the '95 and '97 shutdown (
from wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_federal_government_shutdown_of_1995_and_1996 )


“According to Gingrich, positive impacts of the government shutdown included the balanced-budget deal in 1997 and the first four consecutive balanced budgets since the 1920s.“