Government Availability

United States of America

The data used to determine Availability include government funding gaps since the start of the modern congressional budgeting process took effect in 1976.1 Funding gaps did not all result in government personnel furloughs. I used this definition of availability as I believe the funding gap represents a failure of the Legislative and Executive branches of the US government to operate said government.

Availability Periods


Information for the following table was gathered from a number of sources. 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Started Ended Length House Control Senate Control Furloughs Notes

1 - Here is every previous government shutdown, why they happened and how they ended (Washington Post)

2 - Government shutdowns in the United States (Wikipedia)

3 - United States federal government shutdown of 2013 (Wikipedia)

4 - 96th United States Congress (Wikipedia)

5 - 97th United States Congress (Wikipedia)

6 - 113th United States Congress (Wikipedia)

7 - 115th United States Congress (Wikipedia)

8 - United States federal government shutdown of January 2018 (Wikipedia)

9 - 116th United States Congress (Wikipedia)

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