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The Shutdown, Technically

Nextgov's Coverage of the 2013 Government Shutdown

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Shutdown Said to Cost U.S. Nuclear Agency More Than $300 Million

November 18, 2013 NNSA official says shutdown is what happens 'when government can't get its act together.'

Pentagon Awarded Contracts Worth $6.3 Billion During Shutdown

October 21, 2013 Defense pumped out 95 contracts while most government work was suspended.

Cyber Civil Servants Knock on Industry’s Door after Shutdown

October 21, 2013 Recruiters are taking more calls from feds who could face another furlough in January.

Clinical applications counselor Rachael Richardson, left, works with Louis Peters at the Henry J. Austin Health Center, in Trenton, N.J., as he and others fill out papers to sign up for new plans through the health insurance exchange.

Did Politics Help Cause Failures?

October 17, 2013 Partisan rancor and heightened scrutiny may have caused less efficient site development.

War Memorials vs. Money

October 17, 2013 You can’t buy dinner with a war memorial.

Vice President Joe Biden brought muffins to EPA staff back at work Thursday.

Feds Chronicle First Day Back in Social Media

October 17, 2013 Most official Twitter and other accounts were silent during the shutdown.

Debt Deal Funds DHS to Take Over Air Force Border Blimps

October 17, 2013 Budget agreement transfers money from the military to Homeland Security to sustain the aerostat program.

Soldiers move during an exercise at Fort Bliss in 2008.

Shutdown Delays (but Fails to Cancel) Army Network Exercise

October 16, 2013 Ft. Bliss test slated to run Nov. 4-17.

Security Flaw on 200 Government Websites Blamed on Shutdown

October 16, 2013 The vulnerability involves the way Web pages protect online forms submitted by people seeking government services.

Agency Email Alerts and Bulletins Dropped Sharply During Shutdown

October 16, 2013 Agencies have sent emails out to citizens at about one-fifth their normal pace.

No Alien Contact: Shutdown Shutters Very Large Array Radio Telescope

October 15, 2013 Iconic VLA peers back in time to the origins of universe.

I Just Don’t Get This Shutdown

October 10, 2013 What will these folks go after next – vegetables, puppies, kittens?

Website Connects Drunk People With Random Lawmakers

October 10, 2013 Want a solution to the government shutdown? Try drunk dialing Congress.

A Global Entry Trusted Traveler Network kiosk awaits arriving international passengers in Los Angeles in 2010.

Jetsetters Get in the Express Lane at Airports During Shutdown

October 10, 2013 Fee-backed Global Entry program is still accepting new members for expedited screening.

NASA retweeted an astronaut's photo of the setting moon in August.

What If @NASA Crossed 5 Million Followers and No One Was There to Tweet It

October 9, 2013 It happened about a week into the shutdown.

Twitter Analysis Shows Feds' Furlough Disparity

October 9, 2013 NOAA is tweeting more since the shutdown hit, while the VA holds steady.

Los Alamos, Sandia Labs Prepare to Shut Down Amid Budget Impasse

October 9, 2013 Most of the labs' 18,000 employees are at risk of being furloughed.

VA Secretary Eric Shinseki testified at a hearing of the House VA Committee Wednesday.

If Shutdown Persists, VA Will Cut Off Claims Payments to Vets on Nov. 1

October 9, 2013 Claims staff will be cut from 20,000 to 1,500.

Shutdown Freezes Antarctica Research

October 9, 2013 Stations will only be staffed enough 'to ensure human safety and preserve government property.'

Defense CIO Takai Still on the Job

October 8, 2013 Acting Army CIO Krieger also not furloughed.

VA Halts All Software Development

October 8, 2013 The department furloughs 2,754 IT staffers.

DoD Acquisitions Staff Have No Money to Buy Stuff

October 7, 2013 And if they can’t do their jobs, they may be refurloughed, Hagel warns.

Government Tweets Down Sharply During Shutdown

October 7, 2013 Employees running some of the governments most popular Twitter accounts have been furloughed.

Clouds form in Belle Chasse, La., as Tropical Storm Karen moves

Homeland Security Relaxed Immigration Enforcement During Tropical Storm Karen

October 7, 2013 But due to furloughs, DHS couldn't post guidance for local authorities.

Defense Department CIO Teri Takai

Why Defense CIOs Remain Furloughed

October 7, 2013 Tech shops aren’t covered by the legal interpretation that ended most DoD furloughs.

Commentary: Would the Government Have Shut Down Without Twitter?

October 7, 2013 The echo chamber at the heart of Washington's problems.

Why Cutting Science Funding Would 'Break' Cancer Research

October 4, 2013 Author Siddhartha Mukherjee and others call the budget situation in Washington 'depressing.'

A NOAA employee analyzes data from a sonar system. Roughly half of NOAA employees have been furloughed during the government shutdown

Stark Insight Into the Meaning of ‘Essential’ at Commerce

October 3, 2013 Furloughs hit 99.8 percent at Census, just more than half at NOAA.

Fed Shutdown Hampers Inspections of Biothreat Labs

October 2, 2013 Facilities that research dangerous diseases for which there are no remedies will not be routinely examined, CDC says.

VA Keeps 60 Percent of IT Staff on the Job

October 2, 2013 No overtime for disability claims processors.

Potential Ripples of Stretched Cyber Support During Shutdown

October 2, 2013 Situation is similar to holidays and weekends, when IT staffs operate with skeleton crews.

Here's How Furloughed Feds Did Web Rage in '95

October 1, 2013 Furloughed employees and shutdown tourists were taking their anger online even then.

National Institutes of Health Director Francis Collins

The Saddest Paragraph You'll Read About the Government Shutdown Today

October 1, 2013 With NIH furloughs, children with cancer are being turned away from clinical trials.

Army Prepares for Network Exercise Despite Shutdown

October 1, 2013 Soldiers tapped and trained in five hours to replace furloughed civilians.

A reflection of the Department of Homeland Security logo is seen reflected in the glasses of a cyber security analyst.

Most Federal National Security IT Considered ‘Essential,’ Industry Official Says

October 1, 2013 Some defense and law enforcement IT operations will continue amid shutdown.

Mei Xiang, the female giant panda at the Smithsonian's National Zoo and one of the stars of PandaCam.

PandaCam, the Star of the Shutdown

October 1, 2013 As a massive bureaucracy closes for business, the National Zoo offers a lesson in digital news production.

How the Shutdown Will Affect One Quiet, Crucial Set of Satellites

October 1, 2013 Even programs, like Landsat, that remain operational suffer under the shutdown.

Even the Curiosity Rover will be affected by the government shutdown.

Dear NASA, Happy Birthday! To Celebrate, We're Shutting You Down. Love, Congress

October 1, 2013 Even Curiosity, our little rover on Mars, is getting furloughed.

Twitter’s IPO Avoids Delay: SEC Can Stay Open for Weeks Amid Shutdown

September 30, 2013 Twitter plans to make its IPO filing public this week.

VA Will Cut Off Disability Payments If Shutdown Lasts a Month

September 30, 2013 Claims processors will continue to work if the government closes.