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How will the federal government shutdown affect state services? That depends on which department you are talking about, and how long the shutdown lasts.

This list was provided by Governor Bill Haslam's office:

No impact: 11 departments

  • Children's Services
  • Correction
  • Finance and Administration
  • Financial Institutions
  • General Services
  • Human Resources
  • Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities
  • TennCare
  • Tourism
  • Transportation
  • Veteran's Affairs

Some impact: 11 departments (Only if shutdown is longer than 10 days)

  • Agriculture: Some federally-funded food programs may be affected if shutdown lasts longer than one month
  • Commerce and Insurance: Consumers needing help with the exchange may not be able to reach federal call center staff. This may cause a significant influx of calls to our Insurance consumer assistance section. Additionally, (if shutdown is lengthy) Medicare payment to Tennessee MCOs may be disrupted.
  • Economic and Community Development: Reimbursements may be delayed for federally-funded programs. If lengthy, grants to communities for infrastructure will be affected.
  • Education: Impact on technical assistance. If lengthy, funding to districts may experience delays.
  • Environment and Conservation: Slower review of permits that require federal review and slower processing of federal grants.
  • Health: WIC (Women, Infants and Children) program can only sustain a shutdown to approximately October 10th. A prolonged shutdown could affect personnel as much of the federal funding Health receives covers administrative costs.
  • Labor and Workforce Development: If longer than 7-10 days, OSHA would need to be funded with state dollars. If prolonged shutdown, staffing would need to be adjusted.
  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services: Funding available for the next three months. If prolonged, federal funds would end by approximately January 2014.
  • Military: Weekend drills and annual trainings will not be conducted. Students who are in schools will be recalled. Monthly pay may be affected depending on length of shutdown.
  • Revenue
  • Safety and Homeland Security: Possible impact on the issuance of handgun permits and commercial driver licenses with hazmat endorsements due to background checks.

Significant Impact: 1 department

  • Human Services: SSA and SNAP programs can only sustain themselves for a limited period without federal funding. Federal funds would expire within 10 weeks, with some variations and some state funds still remain. SSA indicated that they would restore any state funds that are used to cover FFY 14 expenses. DHS would need to make staffing adjustments downward according to funding streams.
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