Without an agreement from Congress last night, the federal government officially ran out of money to continue operating at 100 percent.
You probably already know that.
But how does this affect agencies, services, programs and people in West Virginia?
Here’s a quick guide from the Daily Mail. We’ll update throughout the day, as more information becomes available:
- West Virginia National Guard: Although Congress did agree on a last-minute measure to pay for some military services, the National Guard is still affected. Maj. Gen. James Hoyer, leader of the state National Guard, is addressing media at 2 p.m. today to talk more about the impact; we’ll update when we can.
- Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety: The West Virginia Division of Justice and Community Services oversees federal grants for DMAPS, said spokesman Larry Messina. “It has been told that the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs has sufficient resources to remain operational through Friday (Oct. 4). If the shutdown persists beyond that date, OJP will shut down.”
- West Virginia Department of Education: WVDE is unaffected right now, said spokeswoman Liza Cordeiro. Federal education funding–Title I and II, etc– continues to flow to the states.
- Federal courts in West Virginia: Yes, Mingo Commissioner Dave Baisden still had to plead guilty in federal court today. The courts have enough money to stay open for about 10 business days.
- U.S. Attorney’s Office: However, the office of U.S. Attorneys Booth Goodwin and Bill Ihlenfeld is affected. Criminal legal proceedings are the same, but the office must reign in any actions it can concerning civil lawsuits, said spokesman Melvin Smith. Non-essential personnel–including Smith–were also furloughed, as of noon today.
- Department of Commerce: No immediate affects for the state Department of Commerce, which oversees 10 different agencies, said spokeswoman Chelsea Ruby. However, many programs in those agencies are funded with federal money. The state can pay those programs now–they’re funded by a system where the state pays money then asks for federal reimbursement–but that situation could get dicey if the shutdown drags own for a fee weeks, Ruby said.
- Department of Health and Human Resources: WV DHHR spokeswoman Allison Adler: “We are doing a thorough review of DHHR and its programs to see how this has affected it. It would be premature to comment until we have a better picture.” Not sure why assessment is happening today, after weeks of fear there could be a shutdown.
- There are a ton of DHHR programs funded by the federal government, including aspects of Medicaid, Medicare, food stamps, the WIC program and more. Federal authorities have said Medicaid, Medicare disbursements still going out, but WIC is down.
- Yeager Airport: There are immediate and potential long-term affects at Yeager Airport. Airport Director Rick Atkinson said he believes about 10-15 federal administrative employees from the TSA and FAA are furloughed. He guessed about 100 federal employees work at the airport. TSA screeners and FAA air traffic controllers are still on the job.
- The airport also leases space to both agencies, at a monthly cost of roughly $37,000. The federal agencies aren’t expected to pay for that space while the government is shutdown. However, the agencies paid for September rent Monday night, so Atkinson said he expects payment won’t be an issue unless the shutdown lasts until November.
- Federal Highway Administration: “The Charleston FHWA office is open today, fully staffed, and performing its daily duties,” said Brent Walker, spokesman for the state Department of Transportation.
- Local social security offices are still open in order to provide limited services, including providing checks. The same goes for local Medicaid and Medicare offices.
- Spokespeople from the Office of Attorney General Patrick Morrisey and the West Virginia Lottery said they did not believe their agencies are affected by the federal shutdown.
- Other agencies promising a response: Office of Governor Earl Ray Tomblin; the West Virginia Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Administration.
- Here’s a nice list from CNN that takes an in-depth look at federal agencies affected by the shutdown
There will be more updates throughout the day from other state officials and *hopefully* others. Let us know if you have any information about how the shutdown affects you. Call, email or tweet at Dave Boucher or Zack Harold if you want to talk more about the shutdown.
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