For the first time in 17 years, the federal government has shut down. But it’s a little more complicated than that – certain areas will continue operations while other areas will truly shut down until the budget is resolved by Congress.
"I think it’s important for everybody to understand that the government is America’s largest employer," President Obama said in a statement yesterday.
Here is a partial list of services that will and won’t continue to operate in the wake of the shutdown. For a more detailed list, visit here.
Operations continue for:
• U.S. mail
• National security operations
• U.S. Coast Guard
• Border security
• Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
• Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
• Federal courts
• Federal Reserve
• Food safety inspections
• Health insurance marketplace
• Immigration enforcement
• National Weather Service
• Transportation Security
Operations limited or closed for:
• USDA – closed
• U.S. Department of Energy – limited personnel
• U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) – limited personnel
• Home loan guarantees – no new loans processed during the shutdown
• Library of Congress – closed
• National Institutes of Health – not taking new patients or initiating new clinical trials
• National parks and landmarks – closed
• Passports – no new applications will be accepted during the shutdown
• Small-business loans – no applications will be processed during the shutdown
• Smithsonian Institution – closed
• Social Security – some services will be unavailable
• Veterans’ Services – benefit programs may be affected
• NASA – closed, except to assist astronauts on the space station
"The shutdown will have a very real economic impact on real people," Obama says.