What a Federal Shutdown Means for Central Ga.

7:48 PM, Sep 24, 2013   |    comments
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We could be facing a government shutdown, because once again Republicans and Democrats are at odds over spending and so far haven't agreed on a budget for the next year.

So if a shutdown actually happens next Tuesday, October first, what could that mean for you here in Central Georgia?


13WMAZ has been asking a lot of questions about what a shut down could mean to both federal employees and the general public.

We called Robins Air Force Base.  The defense department told base leaders to be ready, but no one could explain what those preparations are.

We also reached out to our Georgia US Senators and congressmen for answers, but they were unavailable.
     
Here's what we did find out and we'll break it down into categories for you.
First, for active duty members of the military. If the government shuts down next week, you will still report to work on the first even if there is no defense funding bill. Your October first paycheck will already have been made before that midnight deadline on the 30th and shouldn't be affected.
    
However,  according to "The Military Times," a Gannett sister publication, your mid-month checks will depend on how long the shut down lasts. If the funding dispute is resolved by the 9th of October you should still receive your mid-month paychecks. If not, you won't be paid after October first until congress agrees on funding.
     
Also employees' orders to relocate will likely be delayed.
     
For civilian defense employees, you will still report to work on the first, if the shutdown does in fact happen, but may be sent home early.
Now what if you're retired from the military? Regular monthly retirement checks are NOT affected by a government shutdown, but could be delayed or reduced by a second fiscal crisis when the government reaches its $16.7 trillion debt ceiling. 

 

Military health and dental clinics could be limited to treating only active-duty members. Base exchanges and commissaries may close or have reduced hours.

Federal courts won't completely shut down, but after two weeks, they will partially reduce their work load. Some employees will essentially do their jobs without receiving their paychecks until the shutdown is finished.

 

National parks, like the Ocmulgee National Monument or Andersonville National Historic Site will close. 

There's a lot of uncertainty and these are all just possibilities that may never come to pass if the House, the Senate and the White House all agree on funding before October 1st.    

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