Update: As of Friday, April 8th, the government passed a spending deal that allowed the nation to continue with business as usual.
If the government fails to complete budget negotiations or pass a short-term budget by midnight tonight (April 8, 2011), parts of our country will suddenly find themselves without funding. Below is a brief list of who will and won’t be affected, as well as links for more in-depth information. If you have questions, your employer can confirm what you should do based on the government’s decision (or lack of one).
Open for business:
- Social Security (New applications may be delayed.)
- Postal Service
- Transportation Security Administration
- Border Security
- Federal Reserve
- Meat and Poultry Inspection
- Emergency Passports
- Military (Though in operation, pay will be deferred after which back payments will be issued.)
Around 800,000 government employees will not be asked to report to work, and will not be compensated for the down time.
- Federal Courts (Although initially open, Federal Courts will close eventually without an approved budget.)
- Internal Revenue Service (Don’t get excited; the Federal tax deadline is still April 18.)
- National Parks and National Forests
- Mine Safety and Health Administration
- Financial Regulation
- Energy Data
- The Smithsonian Museum
- The National Zoo
Additionally, government contractors may also be affected.