A government shutdown: what you need to know.
From time to time budget battles seem to start the clock on a possible U.S. government shut down. You may find yourself wondering what government departments and services will be affected if a last minute budget deal is not hammered out. Over 800,000 federal workers would go on furlough as several services administered by the federal government grind to a halt. This includes but is not limited to:
- IRS processing of paper tax refund (they’d also pause on conducting audits). However the April tax deadline is still in effect
- Approvals of loans by the Federal Housing Administration
- National Parks would close
- Government contracts and non-essential Government personnel will not be paid
- The approval of small business loans would be suspended
- The Smithsonian Institution would be affected
- The National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade will probably be canceled
Don’t worry, several functions will still continue, including:
- The U.S. Armed Forces
- Customs, Police activities, and Federal Law Enforcement
- Departments crucial to Life, Health & Safety such as air traffic control and national security
- Agencies and services that are self or previously funded such as the US Postal Service and Medicare billing
So, if you find yourself with some extra time on your hands you can still hop on a plane and take a trip, but if you were planning on going to Yosemite or to visit the Museums of the Smithsonian, you might consider alternate plans…like spending all that extra time playing quizzes on Sporcle.