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Washington, Sep 25: As the United States government faces the possibility of a shutdown due to the ongoing impasse in Congress over a funding deal, federal departments and agencies are preparing for a possible disruption to non-essential operations. Each department and agency has its contingency plans, outlining the number of employees who will be furloughed, identifying essential employees who will continue to work without pay, and the time needed to wind down operations before the shutdown. Estimating and specifying which activities will be suspended. As CNN reports, these plans may vary from one shutdown to the next.
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) has reminded senior agency officials to update and review their shutdown plans. If Congress fails to pass a short-term spending bill to keep the government funded, the shutdown could have a significant impact on various aspects of American life, including air travel and access to clean drinking water.
Nearly 4 million federal workers in the United States will feel the immediate effects of the government shutdown. Essential workers will remain on the job, but non-essential workers will be furloughed until the standoff is resolved, and none of them will receive their pay during this period, CNN reported. For many federal employees, the shutdown will put a strain on their finances, as was seen during the record-setting 35-day funding lapse that occurred in 2018–2019.