from the FAS Project on Government Secrecy
Volume 2013, Issue No. 85
September 27, 2013

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If Congress fails to appropriate funds for the new fiscal year beginning October 1, then most of the government will be obliged to shut down and cease operations.

However, based on past practice, some national security-related activities would be exempted from the shutdown. A newly updated report from the Congressional Research Service anticipates that "many Department of Defense activities would continue, though other activities would halt." CRS sorts through many of the relevant issues in Government Shutdown: Operations of the Department of Defense During a Lapse in Appropriations, September 26, 2013:

Other new and newly updated CRS reports that Congress has sought to withhold from online public distribution include the following.

Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects, September 25, 2013:

Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview, September 23, 2013:

The Debt Limit: History and Recent Increases, September 25, 2013:

Salaries of Members of Congress: Recent Actions and Historical Tables, September 24, 2013:

Current Debates over Exchange Rates: Overview and Issues for Congress, September 26, 2013:

Health Insurance Exchanges: Health Insurance "Navigators" and In-Person Assistance, September 25, 2013:

Monuments and Memorials in the District of Columbia: Analysis and Options for Proposed Exemptions to the Commemorative Works Act, September 24, 2013:

The Overseas Private Investment Corporation: Background and Legislative Issues, September 25, 2013:

Tajikistan: Recent Developments and U.S. Interests, September 25, 2013:

Kenya: Current Issues and U.S. Policy, September 23, 2013:

Issues in Homeland Security Policy for the 113th Congress, September 23, 2013:

Funding and Financing Highways and Public Transportation, September 23, 2013:

The Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV): Background and Issues for Congress, September 24, 2013:

Federalism, State Sovereignty and the Constitution: Basis and Limits of Congressional Power, September 23, 2013:


Secrecy News is written by Steven Aftergood and published by the Federation of American Scientists.

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