Many federal agencies will be impacted if the federal government shuts down. Some agencies in East Tennessee will feel those effects.
A partial shutdown of the federal government is set to take effect at midnight unless Congress can come up with a last minute deal.
Monday, the Senate rejected the House's temporary spending plan. Senate democrats said the proposal for a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act was a deal breaker.
President Obama said a government shutdown would "throw a wrench" into the U.S. economy and called on lawmakers to act.
Locally, a shutdown won't impact operations or employees of the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) because the self-financed agency receives no federal money.
At Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), staff will report to work as usual. Leaders say they have budgeted carefully to weather a federal shut-down.
"We've been budgeting carefully and deliberately for some time and that will continue. We'll make sure our expenditures are essential towards our national missions and energy and global security and scientific discovery," said David Keim, ORNL's communications director.
More information about the U.S. Department of Energy's plan if the government shuts down can be found by visiting http://energy.gov/articles/department-energy-implementation-activities-case-lapse-appropriations
The National Weather Service in Morristown will provide forecasts and life-saving information.
In an email statement, Ciaran Clayton with NOAA wrote:
In compliance with the restrictions of the Anti-Deficiency Act, the Department of Commerce will maintain the following services and activities during a lapse in FY14 appropriations:
• Weather, water, and climate observing, prediction, forecast, warning, and support
• Law enforcement activities for the protection of marine fisheries
• Fisheries management activities including quota monitoring, observer activities, and regulatory actions to prevent overfishing
• Essential natural resource damage assessment activities associated with the Deepwater Horizon incident
• Water level data for ships entering U.S. ports, critical nautical chart updates and accurate position information.
• Patent and trademark application processing
• Operation of the national timing and synchronization infrastructure as well as the National Vulnerability Database
• Maintenance, continuity and protection of certain research property and critical data records
• All services of the National Technical Information Service
• Export enforcement – the ongoing conduct of criminal investigations, and prosecutions, and coordination with other law enforcement and intelligence agencies in furtherance of our national security
• Budget operations required to support excepted activities under a shutdown, such as tracking of obligations and funds control
The following services and activities will not be available during a lapse in FY14 appropriations:
• Most research activities at NIST and NOAA (excluding real-time regular models on research computers used for Hurricane and FAA flight planning
• Assistance and support to recipients of grant funding
• Technical oversight of non-mission essential contracts
• Services and activities provided by:
- Bureau of Economic Analysis
- Economic Development Administration
- Economics and Statistics Administration
- Minority Business Development Administration
- Bureau of the Census
• Most services and activities provided by the International Trade Administration
The Federal Aviation Administration will also be affected by a government shutdown. The FAA issued the following email statement:
"Safety is our top priority. The FAA continues to support President Obama's FY2014 budget, and strongly believes that Congress still has time to act and a lapse in appropriations should not occur. In the event of a lapse in funding, the FAA has prepared a contingency plan in which air traffic controllers, some safety inspectors and other essential employees will continue working in order to maintain the safety of the national airspace system."