November 29, 2015

Reference: CRS Report: “Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects”

Here are a three reports that might be of interest to you, your colleagues, and your users.

We’ve also included a link to a compilation of contingency plans from a number of federal government agencies.

“Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects” was published on September 25, 2013 and made publicly accessible by the Federation of American Scientists.

If an updated version is made available we will post a note and the updated report here.


Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects (24 pages; PDF)


Clinton T. Brass, Coordinator
Specialist in Government Organization and Management
Congressional Research Service


Congressional Research Service (via Federation of American Scientists)

Additional Reports

Note: Links are to the most current versions available via FAS. Newer versions may be available elsewhere. 

Contingency Plans

Compilation of Links to U.S. Government Agency Contingency Plans (via Office of Management and Budget)

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