How each government agency responds to the shutdown

Rikki Mitchell

How each government agency responds to the shutdown

CREATED Oct. 1, 2013

NEW YORK (AP/KGUN9-TV) - The partial government shutdown that began today is throwing the household finances of some federal workers into turmoil -- not just in the Washington area, but around the country.

Here in Arizona, 1,600 civilian workers at Davis Monthan were furgloughed. In addition to 3,000 civilian workers at Fort Huachuca.

The shut down will not affect the U.S. Postal Service, Air Traffic Control, Social Security, Arizona Game and Gish or the U.S. Border Patrol.

The shutdown also does not affect the Pima Air and Space Museum, the Titan Missile Museum or the Boneyard/AMARG tours at Davis-Monthan.
   
Elsewhere in the country, some workers are seeing the effects of the shutdown. Darquez Smith is a park ranger in Dayton, Ohio, and he's about to become a father. He says he already lives paycheck-to-paycheck while putting himself through college, and he's worried about what he'll do if the checks stop coming.
   
A building mechanic at a Smithsonian museum in Washington, Robert Turner, is headed to the Maryland shore until he's called back. He says if he's not back to work by the end of next week, he'll have to find a job, since he doesn't want to eat into savings.
   
In Colorado, where flooding killed eight people earlier this month, the emergency money to help rebuild homes and businesses will continue to flow -- but federal worker furloughs could slow it down.
   
Even programs that aren't immediately affected could run out of cash if the shutdown drags on. The head of the Ohio Head Start Association says the preschool learning programs will be in jeopardy if a shutdown lasts more than two weeks.

If you are curious about what shuts down and what stays open, you can read each government agency's contingency plan online. You may notice though that several websites have been temporarily disabled because of the shutdown. 

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