With almost half of federal workers furloughed due to the government shutdown, new funding for some of the most basic services aren't being delivered. Among the affected programs are Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children; Head Start; Temporary Assistance to Needy Families; and the NIH Clinical Center.
If the government shutdown last more than a few weeks, veterans might not get their disability and pension benefits, says a Sept. 30 statement from Senate Veterans Affairs Committee Chairman Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
The General Services Administration will remain open during the government shutdown, retaining enough staff to protect federal property and continue to provide support to other federal agencies exempt from furloughs, GSA guidance on the shutdown says.
Recent years of House Republican brinksmanship over federal government funding finally came to an impasse following Congress's late night Sept. 30 failure to approve a continuing resolution for the new fiscal year starting Oct. 1. The federal government is shut down – barring essential functions necessary for the protection of national security, life and property, and functions funded by money with another source than one year appropriations bills.
The majority of Justice Department employees are exempt from furloughs as the government shuts down because they are considered necessary to protect life and property, DOJ guidance on the shutdown says.
In the event of a government shutdown, 343 of the approximately 3,000 federal employees at the National Nuclear Security Administration would continue to report to work in order to ensure continuity in the maintenance and safeguarding of nuclear weapons, international nonproliferation activities and servicing deployed naval reactors, the Energy Department says.
In the event of midnight Monday arriving without an appropriations bill for the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, about 98 percent of the FCC workforce will be sent home after, in most cases, spending a half day at work for the orderly shutdown of operations, the agency's shutdown plan (.pdf) says.
About half of the Defense Department civilian workforce will be furloughed if lawmakers can't agree on a measure to fund government operations in the fiscal year that starts Oct. 1, a Sept. 27 DoD statement says.
Only a small percentage of employees at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and most other Commerce Department components would be exempt from furloughs made necessary by a government shutdown.
More than one employee in 10 will be furloughed from the Homeland Security Department should Congress fail to approve a funding measure by midnight Monday--and some offices within DHS will see nearly all staff prevented from coming to work. The reasons for the variance are due to the different funding mechanisms and missions of DHS components.