The lack of guidance from the White House on what services can be considered essential has created an opening for politically connected interests, critics said.
There were inadequate threat assessments, the Veterans Affairs inspector general report found, and “insufficient written operational procedures that resulted in security vulnerabilities.”
They have shown a high tolerance for keeping large swaths of the government dark.
The IRS was unable to process a key form that lenders need to verify the employment and incomes of home loan applicants — a roadblock that could have brought the mortgage industry to a halt.
On New Year’s Day, Smokey Bear and U.S. Forest Service chief Vicki Christiansen journeyed to the Rose Parade despite the government shutdown. But this week, the White House directed agencies to cancel all travel unless it is critical to the agency’s mission.
In a letter to Trump and congressional leaders, the National Governors Association said the impasse over a border wall can be dealt with later.
While 800,000 federal workers go without pay during a partial shutdown, hundreds of top Trump administration officials are poised to get raises barring new budget legislation.
U.S. contracting community and ordinary citizens buffeted by border wall dispute
Trump’s interior secretary announced his resignation last month amid ethics inquiries.
Starting in the 1990s, the North Koreans and Americans had worked jointly to recover remains for more than a decade, but the cooperation was suspended during the George W. Bush era amid political tensions.