NewsSpecial ReportsSpecial Report: Government Shutdown: What You Need to Know

The documents below are intended to help the Defense Department workforce during the government shutdown. Congress failed to pass a continuing resolution or a full budget by 11:59 EST on Jan. 19, 2018. Essential operations will continue, and military personnel will continue in a normal duty status until such time as a CR or budget is passed. However, civilian personnel not engaged in excepted activities will be placed in a non-work, non-pay status.


Mattis Issues Guidance as Federal Government Shuts Down

The Defense Department will continue its mission to defend the people of the United States, American allies and U.S. vital interests around the world during the government shutdown, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said in a memo. Story

DoD Issues Guidance for Potential Government Shutdown

The Defense Department has issued guidance to its military and civilian leadership on how to proceed if the federal government should shut down, according to a memorandum from Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan. Story

Shutdown Affects Quality of Life, Family Readiness Programs

The government shutdown that began at midnight will affect the operating status of quality of life and family readiness programs offered by the Defense Department to service members and their families, Pentagon officials said. Story

Budget Uncertainty Puts DoD in ‘Difficult Situation,’ Deputy Secretary Says

The uncertainty over government funding is putting the Defense Department workforce in a “difficult situation,” Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick M. Shanahan said in a memorandum to employees. Story


From left, Vice President Mike Pence, President Donald J. Trump, and National Security Advisor Army Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster talk with service members
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Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks with reporters aboard a plane.
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A sailor poses for a photo
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