Jan 20 2018
My office is open and available to assist you if you have any questions regarding federal services during a government shutdown. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office or visit my website for additional details.
Q: Will I still receive my Social Security checks?
A: Yes. Social Security checks will continue to be mailed out.
Q: Will I still be able to send/receive mail?
A: Yes. The United States Postal Service has its own revenue stream outside of the federal government.
Q: Will air travel be affected?
A: Air traffic controllers, TSA and Customs officers will continue working, so air traffic should be largely unaffected.
Q: Will Smithsonian Museums remain open?
A: Smithsonian Museums in Washington, D.C., as well as the National Zoo, will remain open throughout the weekend. Smithsonian Museums and the National Zoo will close Monday, January 22 if the government has not yet re-opened.
Q: Will I still receive my Medicare checks?
A: Yes. Medicare checks will continue to be mailed out.
Q: Will I still get my food stamps?
A: Yes. Food stamps will continue to be distributed.
Q: Will National Parks be open?
A: War memorials and open air parks will remain open to the public. Many national parks, refuges and other public lands will try to allow limited park access wherever possible.
For more information regarding national parks during a shutdown, please visit the United States Department of Interior.
Q: What will happen to our military?
A: Active-duty military will continue in a normal duty status and global military operations will continue. Military personnel will not be paid until the government re-opens. Civilian personnel who are necessary to carry out or support excepted activities will also continue in normal duty status and also will not be paid until the government re-opens. Non-essential civilian employees will be furloughed in a non-work, non-pay status.
Q: Will VA facilities be affected?
A: No. The vast majority of the VA is exempted from a government shutdown and facilities should be fully operational.
For more information regarding veterans services during a shutdown, please visit the United States Department of Veterans Affairs.
Q: Will military contractors be affected?
For more information regarding military policies during a shutdown, please visit the United States Department of Defense.
Q: Can non-furloughed employees perform other work?
A: If the non-furlough ("excepted') support function can be performed in less than an entire day, the employee is required to resume furlough status after completing the function.
However, there may be cases in which an employee is required to perform this "excepted" support function intermittently throughout the course of the day, and the intervals in between are too short to enable the employee to be furloughed and then recalled in time to perform the function. In such cases, the employee may remain at work, and may perform non-"excepted" functions during these intervals.
For more information regarding federal employees during a shutdown, please visit the Office of Management and Budget.