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Los Alamos, Sandia Labs Prepare to Shut Down Amid Budget Impasse

October 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow New Mexico's two national laboratories are preparing to freeze their nonessential activities in less than two weeks in the event the federal government shutdown is still in place. The U.S. National Nuclear Security Administration ordered the Los Alamos National Laboratory and the Sandia National Laboratories to be ready to shut ...

From Maine to Colorado, Shutdown Puts Federal Employees' Lives on Hold

October 9, 2013 The government shutdown that is now in its second week is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily is asking some of those public servants to share stories of what they and all Americans are missing without their government ...

Backlogs and Worries Grow Among Furloughed Federal Workers

October 8, 2013 The government shutdown that is now into its second week is affecting hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily is asking some of those public servants to share stories of what they and all Americans are missing without their government ...

Furloughed Workers Nationwide Feel the Pain of Congressional Gridlock

October 7, 2013 The government shutdown that goes into its second week on Tuesday—unless Congress reaches agreement by Monday night on a stopgap spending bill—has more than 800,000 federal workers around the country out of work, out of a paycheck, and out of patience. While the work stoppage continues, National Journal Daily will ...

Shutdown, Day 3: Updates

October 3, 2013 As the federal government shutdown enters day three, hundreds of thousands of employees are officially off the job, and uncertain whether they will be paid for their forced time off. Stay tuned here for ongoing updates on the situation from our friends at National Journal. Congressional action was suspended after ...

Fed Shutdown Hampers Inspections of Biothreat Labs

October 2, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. laboratories that conduct sensitive research involving some of the most deadly diseases will not be regularly inspected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control because of the federal government shutdown that started Tuesday, the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy said in an article published Tuesday. CDC spokeswoman ...

Updated: Agencies Post Shutdown Plans Online

September 30, 2013 This list has been updated. Agencies on Friday began posting their contingency plans online to prepare for a possible government shutdown on Tuesday, Oct. 1. If the government closes, approximately 800,000 federal civilian employees could be furloughed. Those placed on unpaid leave will receive official furlough notices on Oct. 1, ...

NSA Chief Appeals for Cybersecurity Legislation

September 25, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The head of U.S. Cyber Command on Wednesday argued cyberattacks on U.S. networks will increase if Congress does not pass cybersecurity legislation that would compel critical-infrastructure providers -- including nuclear-power plants -- to share more information with the government when they are hacked, the Washington Post reported. Gen. Keith Alexander, ...

NRC Head to Testify on Renewed Planning for Yucca Atomic Site

September 9, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow House Republicans planned to grill the Obama administration on Tuesday about how it is heeding a recent court order to restart its review of the controversial Yucca Mountain nuclear-waste-storage project, Bloomberg reported. U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Chairwoman Allison Macfarlane and Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy Peter Lyons are scheduled to ...

DARPA, Air Force Planning New Hypersonic Craft Research

September 6, 2013 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Defense Advanced Research Project Agency is partnering with the Air Force to examine the possibilities of hypersonic flight in an effort that aims to build on the successes of the recently concluded X-51A WaveRider program, Military.com reported this week. Final details of the hypersonic exploratory project by DARPA, the ...