Federal employees in the Jacksonville area are preparing for the impact of the government shutdown.
Our Washington Insider Jamie Dupree says the furlough resulting from the government shutdown means non-essential personnel in the federal workforce are not working. Jamie says, generally, Congress will act to give these employees back pay once a budget or short-term spending plan is passed.
News 104.5 WOKV is updating a list of the agencies and impacts that are expected locally. As we receive confirmation we will provide updates here. Among the agencies we are working to hear from include the FAA and Federal Court.
Civilian employees who are not-exempt from a furlough would not be able to work until a short-term resolution or budget is passed. Locally that would impact thousands of people in Navy Region Southeast. The precise number is not clear.
A spokesperson for Navy Region Southeast says they are providing clear guidance to employees as they get it.
Naval Hospital Jacksonville and their five branch health clinics continue to meet operational requirements, so hours of operation, appointment lines, and TRICARE Nurse Advice Line remain open. You may see longer than usual wait times for routine and preventive care and prescriptions because of the civilian furloughs.
Army Corps of Engineers
Employees were still told to report to work Monday, in order to execute orderly shutdown activities. They are assessing any potential impact to ongoing projects.
National Weather Service
Meteorologist in Charge Scott Cordero says the National Weather Service is considered ‘essential personnel’ so there would not be a local impact.
National Park Service
The Castillo de San Marcos and Fort Matanzas Visitor’s Center are closed because of the shutdown.
Unlike the last shutdown in 2013, the grounds at these facilities are not be restricted from the public. You are, therefore, able to get on the lawn around the Castillo and the beaches at the Fort, just not in the physical structures themselves.
FBI Jacksonville says all agents and support personnel in field offices, including Jacksonville, are considered exempt from furlough, because their operations are directed toward national security and violation of federal law.