Individuals in Johnson County have been wondering how exactly the federal government shutdown will affect government workers in the county. According to The Republic, the federal government has reduced the civilian staff at the local military base, Camp Atterbury, by 50 civilian employees.
Approximately half of the 2,000 full-time staff in the Indiana National Guard have been furloughed, and included in these numbers are 50 employees at Camp Atterbury and Muscatuck Urban Training Center.
"That's a significant degradation of our force," Lt. Col. Cathy Van Bree, director of public affairs, told The Republic.
While the 1,000 active duty employees are not affected, the other 1,000 employees are federal technicians or full-time employees paid by the federal government. They work in departments including personnel, logistics, and maintenance. Safety and security are not compromised, Van Bree told The Republic, but the longer the shutdown continues, the more difficult it will be for daily tasks to be completed and who will be able to complete them is unknown. The impact is currently unknown.
However, the furlough clearly affects one important group of individuals - the employees who are not working as well as their families, and that is the concern that Van Bree and others on the base have the most. Only time will tell how far reaching the effects of this government stand-off will be and it is the hope of those on base that no additional employees will be affected.