Preparations also affect contractors, and IG weighs in with warning that nearly all oversight would cease.
Passage of a "clean" measure expected before Friday deadline, though House prospects remain uncertain.
Americans don't care about a DHS shutdown, except for one thing.
The two GOP leaders got together Wednesday, but unity remains elusive.
Sen. Claire McCaskill warns some are making twice as much as others.
Congress is working on a deal to avoid a DHS shutdown, but the department says it must prepare for the worst.
To prevent a partial shutdown, Democrats have to trust that Ted Cruz and other Republicans won't betray them or hold up the whole process.
Agency's objectivity helped it stay above the political fray, past directors note at 40th anniversary event.
The Daily Show takes another look at Joe Biden massaging Stephanie Carter.
The Senate is preparing to send a clean DHS spending bill to the House, whether GOP leaders there want it or not.
Bipartisan bill would provide retroactive pay to about 30,000 furloughed workers.