Information about Government Shutdown
During a federal government shutdown, authorities will still enforce laws, respond to emergencies, and maintain our nation’s defense; however, a shutdown will significantly affect our daily lives.
A federal government shutdown distresses the entire nation, but it particularly affects regions like Metro Atlanta with significant numbers of individuals who rely upon or work in federal service. Being proactive and well informed is critical. Federal employees, retirees, and service members should consult with your management, understand guidelines, call banking institutions, and start preparing as soon as possible.
Depending on the length of federal employees’ furlough, issues like automated bill payments, retirement benefits, health care services, or pre-scheduled travel plans may develop into significant issues.
The Office of Personnel Management’s (OPM) website provides general guidance, but individuals should review the Office of Management and Budget’s Contingency Plan web page, which compiles agency guidance in the event of a federal government shutdown.
Consequently, I compiled this information to help you plan accordingly. It is the best available during a fluid and unacceptable situation. Please continue to check my website for updates, and remember to contact federal agencies directly regarding specific issues.
- Frequently-Asked Questions About a Government Shutdown
- Shutdown of the Federal Government: Causes, Processes, and Effects (Congressional Research Service report)