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Federal leaders, you still need to prepare for a possible government shutdown

The Huffington Post The Huffington Post 26/10/2015 Tom Fox

First we hear that the government will shut down, and it's almost a certainty. Then word comes that House Speaker John Boehner is resigning and the shutdown may be avoided, but no one can be 100 percent sure.
While federal employees have no choice but to wait and see what happens, senior leaders can and should do more to support and communicate with their workforce.
Plans are reportedly in place at every agency regarding a possible shutdown--in terms of which functions will continue and which will stop, who will remain on the job and who will be furloughed. But as I've reached out to federal employees during the past week, many remain in the dark about what their agencies' plans actually look like and the role they will or will not play in the coming days. It's great that plans are ready, but it's unacceptable to leave people in the dark up until the 11th hour.
Leaders need to communicate with their employees, and they should do it now. Even if it turns out that a shutdown is avoided. While many have been through this process before, it will be the first shutdown for others. And even experienced employees will want to hear from their leaders about the agency's plan and their individual situations.
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