Partial Federal Shutdown – Who’s Affected, What’s Happening

GovLoop recently published a resource guide for those affected by the partial federal shutdown begun on December 22. While its intended audience may principally include government managers and affected stakeholders, its contents are also useful for community leaders and government revenue watchers in the area around the national capital.

From GovLoop:

Government agencies that have already received appropriations remain open, but about 25 percent of agencies are now shut down and are operating with a skeleton crew. Those agencies include the Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, Treasury, State, and Homeland Security departments, as well as the Food and Drug Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the IRS, the federal judiciary, and other related government programs.

Roughly 800,000 federal employees are impacted by the shutdown, which includes 380,000 who are furloughed and 420,000 who are working without pay, according to House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (D-MD).

“A partial government shutdown temporarily suspends paychecks for federal employees, and retroactive pay for federal workers must be approved by Congress,” Hoyer said in a statement. “The Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act guarantees that no federal employee loses pay during a government shutdown.”

The bill was introduced Dec. 20 but has yet to pass the House or Senate.

The article goes on to discuss a variety of resources to better understand the range of employees and agencies affected by the shutdown, and tools for employees who have been effectively furloughed.

Read the full GovLoop article online.

Michael Sanderson

Executive Director Maryland Association of Counties