WASHINGTON – With the House and Senate locked in stalemate, the Office of Management and Budget formally began shutting down the government late Monday, ordering federal agencies to prepare for funding to expire and to execute contingency plans.
"Unfortunately, we do not have a clear indication that
The federal government was shut down twice in 1995-96, when
Burwell, as President
In a message broadcast to
The Office of Management and Budget will provide further guidance for federal employees, Burwell said. Many employees were planning to go to work for part of the day Tuesday to collect belongings and return federal equipment, such as phones or computers. Those workers deemed exempt from the order will continue to work.
"We greatly appreciate your cooperation and the work you and your agencies do on behalf of the American people," Burwell wrote.