Government Shutdown Impact on JBSA, Other Services

by Elizabeth Ruiz

Hundreds of thousands of federal employees across the country have been placed on furlough as the government shutdown continues. That includes those who work for agencies that pay small business loans or process passport requests.

After the last government shutdown in 2013, employees who were placed on furlough were paid retroactively.

Military personnel will continue working and military operations continue. According to a statement by Joint Base San Antonio, which includes Fort Sam Houston, Camp Bullis, Randolph and Lackland, “only operations and activities essential to life, health and safety-as well as the protection of our national security-are exempted from shutting down.”

Some installation services may be limited, reduced or closed. Some youth programs are canceled, but CDC child care and family child care continue, as well as before and after school care.

You won’t see any changes to manned gates and police patrols on military installations. Vehicle operations, bus transportation and clothing issue continue to operate at reduced capacity with priority of effort toward mission-critical requirements.

Military personnel offices will remain open, but expect delays in all services because of staff reductions. Joint Base San Antonio commissaries will remain open until close of business Wednesday, January 24, because of stopped deliveries.

Airlines are flying and TSA employees are on the job. Veterans Affairs employees are working and Social Security checks will go out. Federal courts will continue operating, as well as the Department of Education.

The U.S. Postal Service will not be affected and national parks will stay open, but they may be short-staffed.

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