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Lights on for some during shutdown

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Not all agencies would close their doors, however. Federal programs, like Medicare and Social Security, that aren't funded by annual congressional appropriations would keep chugging, and workers deemed necessary to protect lives and property would also stay on the clock.

The shutdown scenarios will take effect if Congress fails to pass a stopgap spending measure by midnight.

For the most part, federal agencies are required to develop their own plans for operating in the event of a government shutdown, technically known as a lapse in appropriations. Those plans need to be filed with the White House’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB).

“Normally, routine, ongoing operational and administrative activities relating to contract or grant administration (including payment processing) cannot continue when there is a lapse in funding,” the OMB said in a guide for agencies distributed in recent weeks.

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