Last Friday, the Senate failed to reach an agreement to pass a continuing resolution, which has led to another — the second one in my career — federal government shutdown.
Since October 1, 2017, Congress has passed a series of temporary continuing resolutions that extended government funding for periods of roughly 30 days at a time. The negotiations for a more “permanent” resolution have become entangled over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy and funding a US-Mexican border wall. The buzzwords back in 2013 were “debt ceiling” and “affordable care act“, as politicians in both parties couldn’t come to an agreement to keep the government operating. It seems not much has changed.
While a shutdown does have an effect on the economy and many federal government employees, most of the essential operations will continue. Which means those of us who are not employed by the federal government should only be slightly affected by it, at least for the time being.
Here are some of the services that I think have a direct impact on all of us and how the shutdown will affect them:
Most of the Social Security Administration’s staff are exempt from the furloughs and Social Security checks will continue to go out as planned.
The Postal Service operates off its own revenue stream, so post offices will stay open and delivery will be unaffected.
Internal Revenue Service
While the IRS has not released it’s plan for the government shutdown ahead of time like it has done in the past, I suspect refunds will be delayed if the shutdown is not resolved soon.
If you have any questions or concerns about your specific situation, feel free to set up a 15-minute call and I’ll be happy to go over them with you.