Four federal agencies, including IRS, to close on Friday due to furloughs

Four federal agencies, including IRS, to close on Friday due to furloughs
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POSTED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:30am

UPDATED: Thursday, July 4, 2013 - 9:34am

Four federal government agencies will be closed on July 5, including the Internal Revenue Service, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Environmental Protection Agency and the White House Office of Management and Budget.

Employees at all four agencies will be on furlough that day. They include nearly 115,000 workers - or more than 5 percent of the 2 million-strong federal workforce - who are being forced to spend Friday at home without pay.

It was triggered by the sequester, or the March 1 federal spending cuts that shaved $85 billion from government agencies and programs through Sept. 30.

The mini-shutdown on Friday is the first time such large parts of the federal government will be closed for business since 1995 and 1996, when the entire federal government shut down several weeks due to budget fights between the Republican Congress and the Clinton Administration.

The four agencies will be closed for business on the following days as well: July 22 and August 30. On those days the agency will shutter offices, most hotlines and assistance centers nationwide.  

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