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Report: Federal Funding Lapse Impacts Staffing Levels at Some Agencies

A lapse in federal appropriations that started on Saturday due to a partial government shutdown has affected some federal agencies, Federal News Network reported Thursday.

About 32K employees at the Department of Homeland Security have been precluded from going to work, including 1.5K personnel at DHS’ management directorate who have been put on emergency furlough.

“Only those functions and activities that are exempt or excepted from the work restrictions specified in the Anti-Deficiency Act (ADA) may continue during a lapse in appropriations,” according to DHS' updated guidance on the shutdown.

The Department of Commerce is set to furlough more than 80 percent of its workforce, according to the agency’s contingency plans in the event of a shutdown.

The report also cited the shutdown’s impact on staffing levels at some public-facing agencies such as the Department of Interior’s National Park Service, Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Department of Agriculture’s rural development office and economic research service.

Some uniformed service members at the U.S. Coast Guard, Department of Health and Human Services’ Public Health Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Commissioned Officer Corps are also facing uncertainty when it comes to their pay dates due to the shutdown, the report added.

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