NACo: Shutdown Could Impact County Priority Programs

As reported by the National Association of Counties (NACo), several county priority programs could be impacted in a federal government shutdown. NACo provides a list of possible effects on county programs from federal departments such as the Departments of Agriculture, Health and Human Services, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, and Labor.

Here are some details from NACo about what to expect in programs that are important to counties if a shutdown occurs:

  • ​U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)
    • Food Safety Inspection Service (FSIS) inspectors would remain on the job, although FSIS support functions, such as administrative appeals and labeling, could be impacted
    • Foreign Agricultural Service’s Foreign Market Development Program and the Market Access Program could stop.
  • ​U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
    • ​Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) administrative functions, like processing state waiver applications, would be halted.
    • States would not receive quarterly payments for the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families Block Grant.
  • ​The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
    • ​Federal Housing Administration (FHA) would not be able to endorse any single-family loans and FHA staff would not be available to underwrite and approve new loans.
    • Nearly all of the Fair Housing agency housing activities would cease.
  • ​U.S. Department of the Interior
    • ​All areas of the National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Systems would be closed and public access would be restricted.
    • The Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and the Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement renewable activities and five year plan work would be terminated.
  • ​U.S. Department of Labor (DOL)
    • Any Workforce Investment Act adults, dislocated workers and youth grants to be issued after October 1st would be impacted, and would not be available for draw down until the government reopened. Technical assistance would be limited.

For more information, see the full story from NACo, or this guidance from the Office of Management and Budget, and our previous post on Conduit Street, Federal Government Shutdown & Maryland’s Economy.

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