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How the Federal Shutdown Could Do Long-Term Digital Security Damage

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Most people have at least heard of the partial shutdown plaguing the U.S. federal government. Now over three weeks old, the stoppage owes its existence to a conflict over border security funding. President Donald Trump wants $5.7 billion to build a new wall along the U.S. Mexican border, while Democrats say they will not fulfill this request. This disagreement is a problem, as border security funding is tied to the federal government’s overall operating budget. No agreement means no consensus on passing an appropriations bill or even a short-term extension for large sections of the federal government to remain open.

As a result, nine federal departments and federal agencies including the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) closed on 22 December 2018 when their funding ran out. According to Fortune, other federal entities are currently open but have greatly reduced their workforce while the shutdown continues. Others have...(continued)

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