Alaska Agencies May Be Affected by Potiental Government Shutdown

As the possibility of a government shutdown looms, many Alaskans are concerned about what federal agencies will be available come Tuesday morning, were the Federal Government to shutdown.

One of the main concerns is the status of the post office. The good news is that regardless of a shutdown, deliveries would continue as normal, since the US Postal Service relies not on tax dollars, but on income from stamps and postal fees.

Other agencies and areas not affected or minimally affected are, Air Travel, International Travel and Embassies, Federal Courts, National Weather Service, Homeland Security, Military, and Veterans services.  Although processing of new applicants or appeals for VA benefits may be delayed, as well military paychecks.

Programs being heavily impacted are WIC, FHA, and National Parks.  The supplemental nutrition program for Women, Infants, and children could shut down. School lunch and breakfast would continue to be served and food stamps would continue. Those seeking backed loans through the Federal Housing Authority could see delays during the shutdown as the FHA will not underwrite or approve any new loans during the shutdown. Also government backed loans to small businesses would be suspended. National Parks, including McKinley, would be shutdown, and anyone currently in the park or using the park’s services would be given 48 hours notice to vacate.

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