May 20, 2022

Federal Government Shutdown (Dec. 2018): Roundup of Government Agency Contingency Plans and Information

We plan to update this report with additional links and resources.
Last Updated: December 21, 2018 (9pm EST)


Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs (via Office of Personnel Management)

Special Instructions for Agencies Affected by a Possible Lapse in Appropriations Starting on December 22, 2018 (via ||| Frequently Asked Questions During a Lapse in Appropriations (via


Department of Agriculture |||By Agency

Department of Education

Department of Health and Human Services

Department of Homeland Security

Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of the Interior

Department of Justice

Department of State

Department of Transportation

Department of the Treasury

Environmental Protection Agency

Executive Office of the President

Export-Import Bank

Federal Communications Commission

Indian Affairs (DOI)

National Archives and Records Administration (NARA)

National Park Service

Office of Special Counsel

Peace Corps

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

U.S. Merit Systems Protection Board


Additional Contingency Plans (via OMB)

U.S. Courts

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