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Posted at 9:20 PM ET, 02/23/2011

Federal agencies, contractors preparing for government shutdown

By Ed O'Keefe

Federal agencies continued reviewing shutdown plans Wednesday in anticipation of a possible closure of the federal government that could begin as early as next week.

Most of this week's planning probably revolves around determining which employees would need to work, according to Barry Anderson, a budget expert who handled shutdown-related concerns for the Office of Management and Budget during the Clinton-era closures.

A series of memos written by Attorney General Benjamin Civiletti in the closing days of Jimmy Carter's administration still dictate how agencies should make those determinations. Federal programs drawing funds from annual appropriations should continue to operate if there is a "reasonable and articulable connection between the function to be performed and the safety of human life or the protection of property," Civiletti wrote.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 23, 2011; 9:20 PM ET
Categories:  Contracting, From The Pages of The Post, Government Shutdown  
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