How S.C. would be affected by a federal shutdown

September 30, 2013 

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The good news? Your tax audit will be delayed by a shutdown of the federal government. (Of course, so will your refund.) A look at how South Carolinians will be affected otherwise by a shutdown.

Congaree National Park: The park will be closed, including public access to all trails, roads, campgrounds and Cedar Creek. The entry road and canoe launches will be blocked or gated, and no public access will be allowed. Most employees will be furloughed, but three law enforcement rangers will remain on duty. Other federal parks and monuments in South Carolina, including Fort Sumter, also will be closed.

Fort Jackson and Shaw Air Force Base: Active-duty military personnel and civilian employees needed to support essential military operations will continue to work, but their pay will be delayed. All others will be furloughed, including about half of the civilian workers. At Columbia’s Fort Jackson, for example, 3,500 civilian workers will be furloughed. In the Charleston area, more than 5,000 civilian workers will be furloughed. Whether workers — at least 835,000 of the federal government’s 2 million workers — are paid for the furlough determined has to be decided by Congress.

Home and small-business loans: If you’re waiting for approval of a government-backed loan — whether through the Federal Housing Administration, Veterans Administration or U.S. Department of Agriculture — a government shutdown will delay that. Processing of federal small business loans also would stop.

S.C. National Guard: Weekend training will be put on hold. About 1,000 full-time employees of the Guard, which operates McEntire Joint Base in Lower Richland, face furloughs. The Guard still would respond to disasters.

Not affected would be: Air traffic controllers and airport security screeners, border security, Coast Guard operations, federal prisons, most Justice Department operations, postal deliveries, Social Security payments, Veterans Administration hospital operations and weather forecasting

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