The Federal Aviation Administration's recent two week partial shut-down forced stop-work orders on more than $7 billion in contracts and temporarily laid off more than 4,000 FAA employees and 70,000 private-sector contractors. The shutdown was a result of Congress' failure to reach an agreement on the funding of the FAA, and in particular over the funding of rural airports. Over 200 airport construction projects were halted during the two week period, leaving many without pay during this time. The government also lost about $30 million a day in uncollected airline ticket taxes after the shutdown began on July 23.
President Obama signed on August 5 a six-week funding extension of the FAA, which will expire on September 16. Congress has until then to come to a long-term agreement on FAA-reauthorization or pass another extension.