Government Shutdown: By the Numbers



Total Employees: 231,117
Number Furloughed: 31,295
% Furloughed: 13.5

The Department of Homeland Security, which employees 231,117 people (including 41,364 USCG military personnel) would cut it's employees by 13.5%, in the event of a government. That's a grand total of 31,295 workers that would be furloughed if Congress does not come to a compromise on a government funding bill by midnight tonight, according to the DHS contingency plan released last week. Although a majority of the agency would remain open in the event of a shutdown, notable services and programs at the agency would be closed including: Research and development including improved passenger screening equipment, emergency responder technology and other key investments in homeland security tools; All non-disaster grants programs administered by FEMA and other DHS Components (including state and local preparedness grants); Secret Service authority to continue use of proceeds from and as part of undercover investigations; and federal, state, and local law enforcement civil rights and civil liberties training.

--Nicki Rossoll


In the instance of the government shutdown, five offices at the Department of Housing and Urban Development would be closed. These include the Offices of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, Departmental Equal Employment Opportunity, and Faith Based and Neighborhood Partnerships. Other offices, while still operating, will see deep cuts to the number of current staff. For example, the Office of Housing will see its number of employees reduced from 2,972 to 68, and the number of employees at the office of Public and Indian Housing will be reduced from 1,401 to 32.

--Alexander Lazar


Total Employees: 72,562
Number Furloughed: 58,765
% Furloughed: 81

Following a one-week period of shutdown implementation, the Department of the Interior would have to furlough nearly 81 percent of its 72,562-person workforce. They would close all areas belonging to the National Park and National Wildlife Refuge Systems and restrict visitors' access. The U.S. Geological Survey would also be forced to halt work. Of the roughly 14,000 employees who would continue work, 7,707 "would be excepted from furlough in order to protect life and property." The other exempted employees (numbering 6,306) are "funded through non-lapsing fund sources."

--Joan E. Greve


Total Employees: 114,486
Number Furloughed: 96,744
% Furloughed: 84.5

The DOJ has released a summary of its contingency plan in case of government shutdown. Under DOJ's plan, nearly 85% of the the department's workforce will stay on the job. The plan states, "Criminal litigation will continue without interruption as an activity essential to the safety of human life and the protection of property. Civil litigation will be curtailed or postponed to the extent that this can be done without compromising to a significant degree the safety of human life or the protection of property. Litigators will need to approach the courts and request that active cases … be postponed until funding is available." The agency's plan also warns that, "the law enforcement capacity of the U.S. Government should not be impaired or perceived to be impaired. To do so could constitute an imminent threat to the safety of human life and the protection of property." The agency is currently comprised of 114,486 employees and plans to keep employing 96,744 workers during a shutdown.

--Mike Levine


Total Employees: 16,304
Number Furloughed: 13,350
% Furloughed: 82

Just as with other government agencies, among the Department of Labor's various offices and sub agencies, some will definitely have lucked out whereas will be negatively impacted by a government shutdown. The Employee Benefits Security Administration, Mine Safety and Health Administration, and Occupational Safety and Health Administration will still be active in some areas under their purviews. However, the Office of Disability Employment Policy, the Employee Compensation Review Board, and the Veterans Employment and Training Administration will be three such offices that DOL has decided will be closed for business. Overall, of the Department of Labor's 16,304 employees, only 2,954 would continue to work in the event of a shutdown (roughly 18 percent of their workforce). However, specific bureaus within the department would be more negatively impacted, such as the Bureau of Labor Statistics, where employment numbers would decrease from 2,409 to just 3.

--Alexander Lazar


According to a shutdown plan posted on the National Aeronautics and Space Administration web page, a government shutdown would lead to a loss of access to NASA experts, facilities, and operations to the public. NASA notes that in the event of a government shutdown, it will be forced to stop educational support, meaning NASA instructors will not be working in schools, public access to NASA centers and facilities, and citizens will not be able to access televised NASA operations and programming or the agency's website. The agency does have a plan in place to keep its essential work going throughout a government shutdown, by continuing to employee all full time personnel, people whose presence is required each day, intermittently required individuals, individuals whose presence is required for the duration, of specific named activities, and on-call personnel, individuals who may be required to work (at home or in the office) to respond to emergency needs.

--Nicki Rossoll


Total Employees: 2,000
Number Furloughed: 1,970
% Furloughed: 98.5

Currently, the National Science Foundation has a staff of approximately 2,000 employees. If a government shutdown were to occur, the NSF would retain just 30 federal employees. A portion of those 30 employees would come from the NSF's Division of Polar Programs' support of the Antarctic and Arctic programs. According to the NSF's newly released contingency plan, these Antarctic and Arctic programs are "excepted activity in order to maintain communications with individuals 'on the ice' to assist in responding to emergency situations that might arise."

--Nicki Rossoll

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