Government Operations FAQ
Will Soldiers, intelligence workers, and security personnel still work?
A: Yes, positions that are deemed essential to the operation and safety of our nation will still be filled.
Will Federal Courts stay open?
A: Yes, Federal Courts will operate off of reserve funds they have on hand.
Will Federal locations – such as the Smithsonian Museums or National Zoo – remain open?
A: No, these sites will close to the public, however the animals will still be cared for, and the contents of the museums will still be monitored.
Will the IRS stay open?
A: No, most IRS administrative functions will close in the case of a Government Shutdown. This would mean that all refund checks, as well as tax audits and other IRS functions would be postponed until after the government re-opens.
Will Social Security checks and Medicare payments still be received?
A: Yes. Social Security checks will still be sent out to those who qualify for the benefits, and Medicare payments will still be made to medical providers.
Will the Post Office close?
A :No. The United States Postal Service is owned, but not operated by the government. Therefore, the Postal Service will still deliver mail on a regular schedule.
What State programs will be affected by a government shutdown?
A: All federal re-imbursement and processing of grants to states and other award recipients will be suspended until the government re-opens. However, grant award recipients will have the funds delivered after the shutdown ends.
If you have any additional questions, please contact my Washington, DC office at 202-225-6276 or my Jackson office at 517-780-9075.