Partial FAA Shutdown Could Affect Ga. Jobs

10:22 PM, Jul 22, 2011   |    comments
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ATLANTA (AP) -- Authorities say a partial shutdown of the Federal Aviation Administration could lead to furloughs for more than 300 FAA employees in metro Atlanta.

FAA officials tell The Atlanta Journal-Constitution that 336 employees in the Atlanta area could be furloughed. They include engineers and employees who work with airports on planning, environmental issues and grants.

Officials say air traffic control operations and safety inspections would continue and commercial flights in Atlanta and elsewhere would not be affected.

However, some other FAA operations will come to a halt if Congress doesn't act. Late Friday, the partial shutdown was just hours away from happening after senators failed Friday afternoon to resolve a partisan dispute over legislation to extend the agency's operating authority. That authority expires late Friday night.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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