Re: Federal Shut Down and USPS and USDA
J. Douglas Harrison (jdougla1@EXPLORER.CSC.COM)
Wed, 22 Nov 1995 08:08:37 -0500
On Tue, 21 Nov 1995, Lynn Whited wrote:
> And for reasons yet unexplained...USDA was also exempt from the
> furlough...something to do with them not being effected by the budget?
> Although I work 'for' Cornell, my salary is funded by USDA, and a few
> of my co-workers actually get USDA checks. After being told to go home
> Tuesday, if you didn't receive Cornell paychecks (they were going to back
> those of us who draw Cornell checks off of USDA funds), Wednesday they
> were told they could come back to work because USDA was not shutting down.
> The wonders of the gov't!
> Lynn Whited
The answer lies in the magic way the gov't here inside the beltway works(?).
Congress has passed only one appropriation bill (spending authority) so far
this year (supposed deadline is 1 Oct) and that is the Department of
Agriculture appropriation. Thus USDA had money.
Also many functions of the federal gov't are funded by "long term" money.
That is money that can be spent in more than one fiscal year. Gov't
construction funding is often "multi-year" money. Thus many other offices
and agencies which had "long-term" money continued to operate. An example
was the Norfolk Navy Shipyard which kept on working.
Yes the federal gov't is a magical thing.
Doug Harrison, I used to be a beaver.
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