No, this isn’t some flashback to the 1980s Faberge Shampoo commercial, this is your Congress “at work”. The brilliant idea of the so-called “Super Committee” seems to be doing what the Congress does, just with fewer people….hmmm, that gives me pause. Anyway, since there was no federal budget passed the federal government is operating under Continuing Resolutions (CRs). GorT is familiar with these having lived through a bunch in the industry I work in. Basically, the individual agencies look at their current spending and chunk it into monthly amounts and that is the money they have to operate with until a new budget is passed or the next CR is passed or the federal government goes into a shutdown waiting for Congress to budge. It also means that (generally) no new efforts can be started…generally. And it also means that people in each one of the agencies must stop and assess their current spending rate, budgets and plan for this month-to-month operating mode. Of course, that effort was never budgeted for so it’s spending money that should have been spent otherwise regardless of how small it is. Having lived through a few, it isn’t insignificant – in individual offices (50-300 people), it requires a handful of people to review the numbers, work with contractors to get updated projections, work with managers to understand plans, etc.
It doesn’t appear that Congress is ready to address this by the current deadline (Nov 18th) if you look at what they had planned for this week. Not even a glimmer of a CR bill. It doesn’t help matters that President Obama is touring the Pacific with various state visits so he won’t be around to help negotiate or even advocate for a budget let alone a CR. Jay Carney, the President’s Press Secretary, fielded this question on Friday the 11th:
Q And the continuing resolution, assuming there is one on the 18th, is he going to robo-sign it? How will you guys handle this?
MR. CARNEY: I’ll have to take that question to figure out how that’s done. Let me check.
I’ll have to figure out how that’s done. Pure genius. Doesn’t get better than this, folks. Does anyone else hear the circus music in the background?
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