(Reuters) – After weeks of talks between President Donald Trump and congressional leaders closed parts of the US government on Saturday, after the dealers reached a dead end over an agreement to keep the government fully funded.
A security barricade is located in front of the US Capitol on the first day of a partial federal government interruption in Washington, USA on December 22, 2018. REUTERS / Joshua Roberts
It was financing a wall along the southern border of the country with Mexico . The House of Representatives adopted a bill that included $ 5 billion, Trump had demanded for a wall, but the Senate included significantly less money for border security.
The partial decommissioning will affect about 15 percent of the federal workforce, a senior administration official said Saturday, as a majority of agencies and departments, including the Ministry of Defense and the postal service, have already secured funding.
Still, approx. 800,000 employees from the Homeland Security, Transportation and others departments are affected.
According to the US Association of Government Employees, 420,000 people considered "essential" have to work without pay, while 380,000 others will not be able to report for work at all.
Trump administration officials say that anyone working without pay will receive back pay once an agreement is reached.
Below is what will happen to some of the agencies and departments affected by the decommissioning.
The department overseeing customs and border protection, immigration and customs enforcement, the transport security administration, the coast guard and the secret service are affected by the decommissioning.
But most of the agencies of these agencies are considered essential so that they must work without pay until a state finance fund passes.
Of the 245,000 people working under the umbrella of the department, nearly 213,000 have been considered essential, according to the department's emergency plan.
STORAGE AND BUILDING DEVELOPMENT
Of the department's 7,500 employees, only 343 are expected to work. Nearly 1,000 other people may be called upon to work on specific tasks for which they will not be paid until a finance bill is passed.
Although the public housing and tribally-designated homes are not part of the federal government and do not need to close, some of their funds are provided by the federal government so that they may reduce or change normal operating hours.
The department, which is also responsible for some mortgages and low-income housing payments, said in its contingency plan, a decommissioning would probably not significantly affect the housing market.
But it added: "A long-term shutdown may see a decline in the domestic market and reverse the trend towards a stronger market that we have experienced."
National Park Service under the umbrella of the Interior Ministry, will have skeleton staff. Under its contingency plan, there will be no national parks and no visitor services will be provided – including toilets, facility maintenance and waste collection.
But some governors have promised to step in, including in Arizona, the site of the Grand Canyon and New York, where the state has funded the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island to be open.
Of the 55,000 employees of the department, 20,400 will be dismissed. These employees do not include most of the Federal Aviation Administration, where 24,200 will work, or the Federal Highway Administration, where all 2,700 employees are funded through other sources.
Air traffic control, hazardous material safety inspections and accident investigations are continuing, but some regulation, inspections and audits will be halted.
PRESIDENT'S TRANSLATION OFFICE
Estimated 1,100 of the Office's 1,800 employees would be placed on leave. This will include most of the Office of Management and Budget, which helps the President to implement his budgetary and political goals.
Reporting Makini Brice; Editing by James Dalgleish