Note: This story and graphic have been updated. They originally ran on Sept. 22, 2015, before Congress approved a temporary funding measure to avert a government shutdown. The legislation expires this week, leaving Congress faced with the same spending issues that went unresolved earlier this fall.
The burden of a government shutdown would not fall evenly across federal agencies. Here’s the percentage of workers who would be furloughed at Cabinet-level departments, according to contingency plans.
The calculations for who stays and who goes are based on whether an employee’s salary is paid through an annual spending bill from Congress or the job involves safety, security or another operation the government considers essential.
Departments are listed by the size of their workforce. Information from the Treasury, Agriculture and Commerce departments will be added when it becomes available.