“It’s déjà vu all over again.” As this week marks the passing of baseball hall of famer Yogi Berra, his insightful malapropism seems quite appropriate as the U.S. federal government is on the precipice of falling headlong into a second government shutdown within two years. How does the shutdown impact how agencies manage their budgets and operations? What effect does shuttering government operations have on federal employees, grantees, and contractors?
"We’ve gone through three exercises in which we have shifted resources from various parts of the
world…. The goal here is to make sure that we have positioned our personnel and our financial
resources so that they are most strategically aligned with the foreign policy goals.”
"Many other major departments have challenges in their mission—but a basically stable mission. Our
major foe is small terrorist groups who have a very nimble and quick adaptation to us securing any
kind of threat. So the minute we have something in place to deal with one threat, they’re on to the
next threat much more quickly than some of our traditional defense enemies.”
"In New York City, we have some of the best nonprofit
providers in the country, which makes our job much
easier—when you can reach out and contract with a
provider [who] you know is going to get the job done."