White House to gov. agencies: All is well

With a deal struck between congressional leaders and the White House to avert a shutdown, the Office of Management and Budget sent a message to government agencies instructing them to operate as normal.

Congress is working to pass another short-term continuing resolution, which will keep the government running for less than a week while the details of a final agreement for the rest of fiscal 2011 is worked out.

Jack Lew, the director of OMB, wrote, "[A]t this time agencies are instructed to continue their normal operations."

The statement explained, "Earlier this evening, the Senate passed a short term CR that will extend current funding levels until the full-year bill can be passed and enacted next week. We expect the House to take up the CR shortly and for the President to sign this CR no later than tomorrow."

On Thursday, OMB had instructed various agencies to plan for a shutdown, writing that "responsible management requires that we be prepared if there is a lapse in appropriations."