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What A Government Shutdown Means For Post Office And BLM

If lawmakers don't reach a bipartisan deal on a funding plan by midnight on Friday, the federal government will shut down. That means some federal agencies across the nation will shut down too.

Posted: Jan. 19, 2018 6:18 PM

MEDFORD, Ore. -- If lawmakers don't reach a bipartisan deal on a funding plan by midnight on Friday, the federal government will shut down. That means some federal agencies across the nation will shut down too.

Mick Mulvaney, Director of the Office of Management and Budget, said the post office is included in a group of agencies that will have employees work for nothing if a funding lapse happens.

"The post office will be open. The TSA will be open again. All of these people will be working for nothing which is simply not fair," Mulvaney said.

However, the United States Postal Service sent out a statement saying that's not the case. 

The statement reads, "Postal Service operations will not be interrupted in the event of a government shutdown, and all Post Offices will remain open for business as usual. Because we are an independent entity that is funded through the sale of our products and services, and not by tax dollars, our services will not be impacted by a government shutdown."

If a shutdown happens, the Bureau of Land Management will halt operations. The BLM has a contingency plan in place currently if that happens.

It has about 10,000 employees across the nation, and if a shutdown happens about 9,300 of them will be furloughed. The ones who will keep working fall into a group of categories. 

Those include:

  1. Law enforcement; BLM will keep 300 law enforcement officers
  2. Employees needed to protect life and property
  3. 10 employees in the Washington Office for leadership in overseeing excepted activities
  4. 20 at the National Operations Center for bureau-wide Finance/Acquistion and IT systems supported for excepted activities
  5. 250 to respond to emergencies
The plan also said any BLM employees travelling will have to go back to their duty station. Visitor centers on public land will be closed too.

You can click here  to see the full contingency plan for the BLM if a shutdown happens.

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