As we’ve seen several times over the last few years, even a partial government shutdown can have a devastating impact on our state and on Colorado families. It is never acceptable for the dysfunction in Washington D.C. to harm our federal workers and so many of the hardworking people in the 7th Congressional District.
Here in Colorado, we’re home to more than 50,000 federal employees, with the 2018-2019 shutdown impacting more than 15,000 of our state’s hardworking federal workers. The Denver Federal Center in Lakewood has the highest concentration of federal agencies located outside of Washington, DC with about 28 federal agencies and over 6,000 federal employees. If you have questions about how the shutdown might impact you and your family, feel free to call my district office at (303) 274-7944.
Starting January 11th, Rep. Perlmutter's district office will be open to federal employees and constituents who are affected by the partial government shutdown. Folks are encouraged to stop by to ask questions and get resources. Food will also be available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. until the partial government shutdown ends.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE 2018-2019 GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN
As of December 22, 2018, funding lapsed on seven appropriations bills:
• Agriculture and Rural Development
• Commerce, Justice and Science
• Financial Services and General Government
• Homeland Security
• Interior and Environment
• State and Foreign Operations
• Transportation, Housing and Urban Development
The top three agencies impacted by the shutdown in Colorado are the Departments of Interior, Agriculture and Commerce.
These federal government services will continue:
• Social Security beneficiaries will continue receiving checks;
• Veterans will continue to receive disability benefits and Veteran Healthcare Facilities will remain open;
• Medicare and Medicaid providers will still be paid;
• Active Duty military will continue serving;
• The U.S. Postal Service will keep delivering mail; and
• Air traffic controllers, Customs and Border Patrol officers, and TSA officers will remain on the job, though some travel delays are possible.
Several federal government services may be impacted or offering reduced services, including:
• Reduced IRS customer service operations could delay tax refunds or income verifications;
• National parks and federal lands may be closed or offering reduced services;
• FHA applications for home loans could be delayed;
• FDA’s routine food safety inspections and lab research will be suspended;
• SBA will halt new federal loan guarantees to small businesses;
• Permits and reviews of transportation projects could be delayed; and
• Federal grants and contracts could be impacted on a case by case basis based on the support required by federal agencies.
RESOURCES FOR FURLOUGHED EMPLOYEES
When there is a government shutdown, the affected federal agencies are required to furlough employees which are not considered “exempt” who must stay on the job. The precedent has been for both exempt and furloughed employees to later be paid through enactment of legislation, however that is not a guarantee and will depend on the final spending measure approved by Congress and the White House. I am a cosponsor of H.R. 67 to ensure all federal employees receive their full paychecks once the government reopens.
If you are a federal government employee who is furloughed because of the shutdown, you may be eligible to file for unemployment assistance from the state of Colorado. Click here to apply. We encourage workers to apply for unemployment assistance as soon as possible. Answers to other frequently asked questions can be found here.
For additional guidance on the shutdown from the Office of Personnel Management, please click here. You can also contact my district office at (303) 274-7944 to see if we can help in any way.