May 26, 2022

Reference: U.S. Federal Government Shutdown: Selected Reports From the Congressional Research Service

The following seven reports from the Congressional Research Service have been made available online by the Federation of American Scientists (FAS) and We will update this post when new/updated reports become available.

1. Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects
November 30, 2017
PDF Version (43 pages; via via Federation of American Scientists)

2. Past Government Shutdowns: Key Resources
August 23, 2017
PDF Version (14 pages)

3. Continuing Resolutions: Overview of Components and Recent Practices
January 14, 2016
PDF Version (34 pages; via FAS)

4. Federal Funding Gaps: A Brief Overview
September 13, 2017
PDF Version (10 pages; via FAS)

5. Resources on the FY2014 Funding Gap, Shutdown, and Status of Appropriations
May 12, 2014
PDF Version (7 pages; via FAS)

6. Comparison of the Bills to Extend State Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP) Funding
January 17, 2018
PDF Version (39 pages)

7. Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA): Frequently Asked Questions
September 6, 2017
PDF Version (10 pages; via FAS)

8. Unauthorized Childhood Arrivals: Legislative Options
September 14, 2017

PDF Version (3 pages; via FAS)

See Also: Contingency Plans For All Government Agencies (via OMB)

See Also: Memo For Dept. of Defense (DOD) From Sec. of Defense James Mattis

See Also: Furlough Guidance (Multiple Documents via OPM)

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