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October 3, 2013
Shutdown squeezes American economy

Keeping 800,000 federal workers at home is costing some $300 million a day in lost productivity, according to the consulting firm IHS Global Insight. If the furloughs continue for two weeks, the shutdown could shave 0.3 percentage points from fourth-quarter growth, according to Macroeconomic Advisers.



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October 3, 2013
General Services Administration waves red flag to contractors

The General Services Administration is warning contractors it may need to pull its pending solicitations and revoke some of the contracts it has already awarded until the government shutdown is resolved.

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October 3, 2013
BAE CEO: No optimism for 'near-term' shutdown solution

So much for intelligence and security being essential to government: Arlington-based BAE Systems Inc. says that sector is taking the biggest hit due to the shutdown, CEOLinda Hudson told employees Thursday.

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October 2, 2013
Obama to meet House, Senate leaders for shutdown talks

President Obama will meet with congressional leaders Wednesday evening at the White House to discuss an end to the government shutdown. On the shutdown’s second day, Obama invited congressional leaders to the White House to discuss reopening the government and also raising the debt limit.



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October 1, 2013
Shutdown advice for feds from people who lived through the last one

You can tell a lot of things about your new employer when you show up for the first day on the job. You look for signs like whether your workspace has been cleaned for your arrival, whether your new co-workers acknowledge your presence and whether people make time to go out for lunch or eat at their desks.

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October 1, 2013
Partial government funding bills fail to pass House

House Republicans came up with yet another plan to address the government shutdown Tuesday, bringing up three bills to fund national parks and museums, veterans benefits and the local government of Washington, D.C.

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October 1, 2013
Obama signs bill that allows military, many defense civilians to be paid during shutdown

A bill signed into law by President Obama late Monday will keep paychecks flowing to members of the military and many Defense Department civilians despite the government shutdown.

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October 1, 2013
Shutdown hits the wallets and the spirits of federal employees

The U.S. government attacked itself early Tuesday, shuttering much of its operation and forcing hundreds of thousands of federal employees from their workplaces. Staff members had no choice but to surrender to the inaction of Congress, which could not agree on legislation to keep the government fully operational.

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October 1, 2013
As Shutdown Begins, State Unemployment Offices See Surge in Federal Worker Applications

Federal employees who can't work due to a government shutdown that began on Oct. 1 are applying for unemployment benefits in droves. State offices in the mid-Atlantic region -- where much of the federal workforce is located -- reported an immediate surge in applications. It's just one consequence of a shutdown that's also rendered federal websites inoperable and caused some state departments to furlough employees whose jobs are partly dependent on federal funds

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October 1, 2013
Shutdown to idle US-based military commissaries

Members of the Armed Forces will still be paid in the partial government shutdown, but their food bills could soar if Washington's political brinksmanship drags on.

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