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Washington Worries About Possible Government Shutdown

In Washington, D.C., it has become an annual rite, or maybe an annual ordeal: the potential shutdown of the federal government when the fiscal year begins October 1. As the hot summer weather ends in September, the worry begins. For federal workers, there is concern about doing without a paycheck if the government closes. Federal agencies must make contingency plans, figure out which employees are essential and which services can be curtailed.  For all the many companies that depend...

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