CIO Briefing

special report

The Shutdown, Technically

Nextgov's Coverage of the 2013 Government Shutdown

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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.

Website Connects Drunk People With Random Lawmakers

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

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.

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.

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.