“Essential” employees are those responsible for national security and public safety. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives, FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service are in that category.
Though some support staff are furloughed in those agencies, local law enforcement can get information and assistance it needs from those departments.
“That doesn’t stop our ability in this community to be public servants and take care of what we need to take care of; meaning, we can reach out to our federal and state partners very easily,” said Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Monty Holloway.
DOJ employees currently working, and not getting paid, will eventually be compensated if Congress reaches an agreement.