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Shutdown plan: Virginia will carry federally funded state workers until Oct. 4

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CONTINGENCY PLANS: Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell has alerted state agencies to contingency plans in the event of a federal government shutdown.

By Kenric Ward | Watchdog.org Virginia Bureau

ALEXANDRIA — With the largest percentage of federal workers of any state, Virginia plans to buy more time if the national government shuts down Monday night.

Gov. Bob McDonnell’s office directed state agencies to “cease incurring obligations and expenditures against federally funded programs or grants for which federal funding has not already been approved or received.”

But McDonnell’s office added, “Agencies may continue federally funded state employees on the payroll through Oct. 4 in order to prevent unnecessary furloughs so long as the agency can absorb the costs.”

“It is our hope that this will give budget negotiators additional time to reach a resolution of the budget impasse,” chief of staff Martin L. Kent said in a memo.

Tucker Martin, McDonnell’s communications director, told Watchdog.org Monday morning that contingency funding is available to bridge a short-term fiscal gap, though he said there are no immediate plans to spend those funds.

Martin said $22.5 million is in a Federal Action Contingency Trust. If necessary, $6.2 million would go to the Oceana Naval Air Station in Virginia Beach and $3 million would go to Langley Air Force Base in Hampton.

Most of the remaining funds “would be held in reserve to offset losses of revenue either directly or indirectly related to any actions of Congress as part of federal budget reductions,” Martin said.

Another $2.3 million in economic contingency money is also available, he said.

Kenric Ward is a national reporter and Virginia Bureau Chief for Watchdog. Contact him at kenric@watchdogvirginia.org or at (571) 319-9824. @Kenricward

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Kenric Ward is a veteran journalist who has worked on three Pulitzer Prize-winning newspapers. A California native, he received a BA from UCLA (Political Science/Phi Beta Kappa) and holds an MBA. He reported and edited at the San Jose Mercury News and the Las Vegas Sun before joining Watchdog.org in 2012 as Virginia Bureau Chief.