Government shutdown occurs after Senate fails to pass funding package; HHS contingency plan takes effect

The U.S. Senate failed to reach an agreement to fund the government by a Friday deadline, causing, at least, a temporary shutdown. Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell plans to introduce a new “clean” short-term continuing resolution (CR) on Saturday morning that could possibly end the shutdown, however many details remain unclear.

Among other important steps, the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) has released a contingency plan for operations during the shutdown. Approximately 50 percent of HHS staff will be on furlough, while the remaining staff continue to have a substantial direct service component.

Click here to view a spreadsheet outlining various HHS departments and the breakdown of the percent of furloughed versus retained staff.