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Report: Federal Agencies Issue Updated Guidance to Prepare for Possible Govt Shutdown

Federal agencies such as NASA, General Services Administration and the Department of Housing and Urban Development on Monday released updated guidelines that offer information on offices and activities that would continue in the event of a government shutdown later this week, Nextgov reported Tuesday.

Lawmakers have until Friday to decide on another continuing resolution to extend federal funding through Dec. 22.

GSA said in its guidance that offices such as the Technology Transformation Services and office of information technology are supported by working capital funds that allow them to continue operations in the event of a shutdown.

GSA’s chief acquisition officer, associate administrator and some personnel who support procurement and contracting work will be exempted from the possible shutdown.

NASA would continue to provide transportation and resupply support to the International Space Station and maintain operational satellite missions, according to the agency’s guidance.

HUD issued a contingency plan saying it will maintain help desk support operations and access to standard applications if the department faces a lapse in appropriations, the report added.

Congressional leaders and President Donald Trump agreed to meet Thursday to reach a budget deal for fiscal 2018.

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