10:25 AM, Mar 1, 2015 • By JERYL BIER
In spite of the Friday night passage of an eleventh hour, one-week stopgap spending bill to continue funding the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), the department posted a lapse-of-funding notice and shut-down procedures on its website apparently intended if the last minute efforts failed. While the notice is not listed on the home page, the blog, or the list of DHS publications, it was originally posted around nine o'clock Friday night and remained at this link as of the time of publication of this article:
The text of the notice reads as follows:
Due to a lapse in funding, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) may only continue “exempt” activities such as law enforcement and maritime protection. The Department’s contingency plan outlines procedures for an orderly shutdown of non-exempt functions during a lapse in funding or appropriations.
The notice includes a link to a publication entitled Procedures Relating to a Lapse in Appropriations dated Friday, February 27, that spells out detailed procedures on how a funding lapse would handled throughout the department. The forty-seven page document instructs various DHS agencies how to determine which employees would be exempt from furlough, how a cessation of activities should be phased in, what incidents would trigger an employee recalls, and how regular activities would be resumes upon the conclusion of any hiatus. For instance, of the 59,546 employees of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, 53,288 employees (89.5 percent) would be classified as exempt from furlough.
Since the stopgap funding measure only covers one week, the posted procedures may be needed as early as next Friday at midnight. DHS has not responded to an inquiry regarding the early posting of the notice.
Congress ponders how to stop Obama’s unilateral immigration moves. Nov 24, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 11 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Move over, Barack Obama. The Republicans are now the party of hope—at least when it comes to Obama’s expected executive order on immigration.
“We hope the president isn’t going to do that,” Kentucky’s Mitch McConnell, the soon-to-be Senate majority leader, said November 13, in his first postelection press conference at the Capitol.
Only a year ago, there were Democratic fantasies of retaking the House. Nov 3, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 08 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
"Republicans could lose their House majority because of the shutdown,” blared the headline of a story published at the Washington Post’s Wonkblog by Princeton professor Sam Wang on October 8, 2013, midpoint of the 16-day shutdown.
3:01 PM, Dec 10, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Today is a snow day in Washington so even less will get done than on a day when the sun shines.
There’s no time to waste.Nov 4, 2013, Vol. 19, No. 08 • By JAY COST
The recent government shutdown illustrated a lot of political truths. For starters, people are unhappy when the government is shut down, and they naturally tend to blame the party of less government. The media instinctively help them conclude that the Republicans are at fault.
Plus, more Arkansans blame Democrats, not Republicans, for the shutdown.10:16 AM, Oct 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Just 33 percent of Arkansas voters approve of the job of Democratic senator Mark Pryor, according to a new poll of likely voters from the University of Arkansas. That's Pryor's lowest rating in the annual poll since entering the Senate in 2003, while an all-time high of 41 percent disapprove of his job in the Senate. When whittled down to "very likely voters," Pryor's position worsens; while 34 percent of very likely voters approve, 44 percent of them disapprove.
12:52 PM, Oct 22, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Terry McAuliffe has a 17-point lead over Ken Cuccinelli in the Virginia governor's race, according to a new poll from Rasmussen. McAuliffe, the Democrat, enjoys his largest lead yet in the race with 50 percent of the vote, while Republican Cuccinelli has 33 percent. The Libertarian candidate, Robert Sarvis, has eight percent support.
12:00 AM, Oct 19, 2013 • By IRWIN M. STELZER
The government re-opened, and there was no default. No surprise. This was the 18th shutdown since 1976, when the current budget procedure was established. The five shutdowns under Jimmy Carter were mostly over major policy issues such as abortion (he was for it) and the construction of a nuclear-fuelled aircraft carrier (he was against it). They averaged 11 days.
Hosted by Michael Graham.12:26 PM, Oct 18, 2013 • By TWS PODCAST
The WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with James C. Capretta on fallout from the government shutdown and the failure called Obamacare:
4:44 PM, Oct 17, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
The captain of the ms Noordam has announced that due to the choppy seas we won't be able to put in, as planned, at Santorini—but that rather than having another day at sea, we're boldly heading off to dock at Iraklion, Crete.
11:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden offered returning federal workers handshakes, hugs, and kisses -- and muffins, too -- this morning at the EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Via the pool report:
8:45 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
The siege has been lifted. The 16-day ordeal is ended. Life, once again, is good. As Alexander Bolton and Pete Kasperowicz of The Hill report:
7:00 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
At sea aboard the ms Noordam, off the coast of Greece
THE WEEKLY STANDARD cruisers were supposed to go ashore today in Greece. But high seas prevented the cruise ship from docking at Katakolon, so we're unfortunately missing the ruins at Olympia.
6:19 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
A memo from the Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia M. Burwell on re-opening government:
MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES
6:14 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama signed the "deal" to re-open Congress and increase the debt limit, according to the White House. The press secretary sent this out late last night: