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Government Shutdown Enters Second Week, No End in Sight

Seattle Times (10/07/13) Donna Cassata

The government shutdown has begun its second week with no forseeable end and indications that the U.S. is closer to the first default in the country’s history as House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) rules out any measure to increase borrowing authority without concessions from President Obama. On Monday, Washington will be keeping a close eye on the financial markets to see if this latest round of brinksmanship rattles Wall Street and global economies only 10 days before the threat of imminent default. Boehner insists that the White House negotiate if it wants to end the shutdown and avert a default that could trigger a financial crisis.

Delayed Economic Data Put Forecasters in a Bind

Wall Street Journal (10/04/13) Jeffrey Sparshott; Josh Mitchell; Dan Strumpf

If the federal government shutdown ends soon, economic reports could be released rather quickly. However, a prolonged shutdown would have a bigger impact on the reports. A delay in data could make it more difficult for investors and the U.S. Federal Reserve to assess the economic recovery’s progress.

ASA Welcomes Akken as Newest Corporate Partner

Akken Inc., a strong supporter of ASA for many years, has elevated its commitment to the association by becoming a corporate partner. Akken is a leading cloud-based software provider for the staffing industry, and the first software company to be an ASA corporate partner.

“We are proud to partner with the American Staffing Association, one of the strongest and most actively involved industry associations in America. ASA leadership in advancing the interests of staffing and recruiting firms is unparalleled,” says Giridhar Akkineni, Akken’s founder and chief executive officer.

ASA corporate partnerships go beyond traditional sponsorships. They involve mutual commitments to long-term working relationships focused on benefiting both ASA and the partners as organizations dedicated to advancing the interests and meeting the needs of ASA members and the staffing industry.

Staffing World Starts Tomorrow—Don’t Miss Out

Staffing World 2013, the ASA annual convention and expo, starts tomorrow and continues through Thursday at the Marriott World Center Resort and Convention Center in Orlando. It’s going to be three intense days of high-quality content, top-level networking opportunities, and the largest industry expo anywhere.

Tomorrow’s agenda includes the opening general session featuring keynote speaker Erik Wahl, the expo grand opening, and more.

Free ASAPro Webinar This Month—Communicate With Confidence

Communicating effectively conveys authority, influence, and success. Learn how to organize ideas and communicate effectively during the ASAPro webinar “Clear, Concise, and Confident Communication.” It takes place Tuesday, Oct. 29, 3–4 p.m. Eastern time.

ASAPro webinars are free for ASA members and qualify for continuing education hours toward ASA certification renewal. To learn more and to register, visit