For the first time in 17 years, a formal shutdown of the U.S. government has officially begun. After a bitterly divided Congress failed to reach any agreement to continue funding federal agencies, the White House budget office issued a memo (found here) instructing agencies funded by federal monies to “execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to the absence of appropriations.”
Nearly 800,000 federal workers will be furloughed Tuesday. National parks, monuments and museums, as well as most federal offices will close. Tens of thousands of air-traffic controllers, prison guards, and Border Patrol agents will be required to work without pay.
Military paychecks will continue to be issued.
Some federal agencies, such as the Corporation for National and Community Service, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in grants to nonprofits for national-service projects, will continue to operate because their funding is not continent on annual government appropriations. However, other agencies, such as AmeriCorps, will cease offering new grant money during the government shutdown, and may have to shut down some operations if the shutdown lasts longer than 2 weeks.