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The Leavenworth Times - Leavenworth, KS
  • Shutdown could impact local employees, services

  • It still wasn't clear as of press time Monday whether there would be a partial shutdown of the U.S. government. But at least some local federal employees and services could be affected if a deal was not reached to avoid the shutdown, officials said.
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  • It still wasn't clear as of press time Monday whether there would be a partial shutdown of the U.S. government. But at least some local federal employees and services could be affected if a deal was not reached to avoid the shutdown, officials said.
    The government shutdown was set to go into effect Tuesday unless Congress and the president reached a deal to keep the government funded.
    At Fort Leavenworth, all active duty military personnel were expected to remain on the job. But many civilian employees could be furloughed during the shutdown, according to fort spokesman Jeff Wingo.
    He said Department of Army civilians were expected to report for work Tuesday even if there is a shutdown. But by noon, they in essence would be furloughed except for certain employees.
    He said the exceptions generally extend to people involved in the "protection of life and property."
    Wingo said the missions of the military prisons and the Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth would continue during the shutdown even if some civilian employees are asked to stay home.
    Munson Army Health Center at Fort Leavenworth will remain open if there's a government shutdown. All services will be available at the health center, but patients should expect delayed services and increased wait times due to reduced staffing, according to Munson spokeswoman Dianne Knowles.
    At the Eisenhower VA Medical Center, people should expect that any services related to health care will remain fully functional if there is a government shutdown, according to VA spokesman Shawn Hoffman.
    "Now there are other VA services that would be affected," he said.
    Employees at the U.S. Penitentiary in Leavenworth were not anticipating furloughs if there is a government shutdown, according to prison spokesman Treavor Kroger.
    "We'll be at work (today)," he said.
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