Federal officials ready employees for possible shutdown
Apr 7, 2011 7:10:00 PM - thestate.com
The federal government started calling agencies and departments Thursday to tell officials which of them would stay open and which could close in the event of a partial government shutdown Saturday.
It also started telling federal employees who would keep working - albeit with IOUs in lieu of paychecks - and who would be furloughed. Roughly 800,000 would be laid off, their pay subject to an act of Congress later.
Among the federal offices and services that would close: parts of the Internal Revenue Service, national parks and monuments, most of the Education Department.
Many agencies would keep operating. Airports would remain open and air traffic controllers would work. The National Weather Service would keep issuing alerts for floods or tornadoes. Social Security checks would go out. The mail would be delivered.
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