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What to Expect if Fed Government Shuts Down

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Allie Williams
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Union reps for federal employees say a minimum 800,000 employees would be furloughed.

And House leadership says they likely wouldn't be reimbursed for the time missed as a way to cutback spending.

Meantime, Defense Secretary Robert Gates has assured troops will continue being paid.

Many have voiced worries Social Security checks would stop, but in the past, the program has stayed on track, sending out checks.

Even so, the White House has warned new applications could go unprocessed along with loans for new homebuyers and delays for paper tax returns.

Transportation officials haven't announced contingency plans.

The U.S. Postal Service would continue as normal since it's funded by customer payments.

And the federal court system would continue for about 10 days then limit itself to so-called essential employees.

Border security and the Federal Reserve would also remain open.

National parks and national forests would close.

And even though air traffic control continued during the most recent shutdown, transportation officials haven't released their contingency plans should things be halted.

Statewise --  "In addition to continuing to receive information from cabinet officials, my office met with Leadership yesterday to discuss the effects a shutdown of the federal government would have on Nevada," Governor Sandoval said.  "We want to be prepared so we can provide information to our fellow Nevadans."

"All eyes are on Washington, D.C. today as we await word of a possible federal government shutdown," Speaker John Oceguera said. "We hope a shutdown can be averted, but if it cannot, Nevadans can be reassured to know that their elected leaders are working together to mitigate the effects it may have on them."

"I'm certain our Nevada state agencies will do everything they can to fill gaps in services if the federal shutdown occurs, in particular services for our most vulnerable citizens," Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford said.   

The impacts of a federal government shutdown may be felt at the following state agencies:

  • National Guard
  • Health and Human Services
  • Department of Employment, Training and Rehabilitation
  • Wildlife Services
  • Department of Business and Industry's Occupational Safety and Health Administration Information Technology
  • State Historic Preservation Office

Any state employee paid with federal funds through grants or programs could be furloughed. 

In addition, many positions and applications require a federal background check and new applicants for licenses may experience delays.  Certain local government functions may also be impacted. 

The waits for new Unemployment Insurance claims, new claims to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and new claims to Women, Infants and Children (WIC) could be longer.  

"We are working with our federal delegation to get real time information," Sandoval added.  "We will keep Nevadans informed."

A link to federal contingency plans the White House has released is here: http://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/contingency-plans

(Governor Brian Sandoval's Office also contributed to this report.)

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