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Homeland Security Releases Plans for Possible Shutdown

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Image: House Fails To Pass Bill Funding Homeland Security Department
WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 27: The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk as the U.S. Congress struggles to find a solution to fund the Department of Homeland Security on February 27, 2015 in Washington, DC. The DHS budget is set to expire at midnight this evening after the House of Representatives failed to pass a short term funding bill earlier today. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)Win McNamee / Getty Images

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The Department of Homeland Security has released its plans for a potential shutdown of the agency.

Late on Friday, Congress approved a one-week extension of funding for the agency, setting up another showdown next week.

In a 46-page document, the department outlines what functions would be maintained in the event of a shutdown, including counter-terrorism watches, TSA checks, and Secret Service protections. Workers who perform those jobs would be required to work but would not be paid until Congress acts.

Of about 225,000 on-board employees, about 194,000 will be required to work despite the funding lapse.

Those who are not exempt – and thus subject to furlough -- include employees who work in research and development, auditing and training jobs. Those workers will have four hours on the first day of the funding lapse to prepare for the shutdown, doing tasks like securing classified materials.

- Carrie Dann

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