CRS Report: Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects

From the summary for Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects (RL34680, Dec. 10, 2018): When federal agencies and programs lack funding after the expiration of full-year or interim appropriations, the agencies and programs experience a funding gap. If funding does not resume in time to continue government operations, then, under the Antideficiency Act, an agency must cease operations, except in certain situations when law authorizes continued activity. Funding gaps are distinct from shutdowns, and the criteria that flow from the Antideficiency Act for determining which activities are affected by a shutdown are complex.

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