The government shut down shortly before midnight on Sept. 30, 2013, prompting people to ask "what's open and what's closed?" during the first shutdown in 17 years.
From social security checks to mail delivery to the closure of national parks, there is plenty of confusion as to who is affected by the shutdown of the federal government.
The last shutdown started on Nov. 14, 1995. It put non-essential government workers on furlough and suspended non-essential services from November 14 through November 19, and again from Dec. 16, 1995 to Jan. 6, 1996, for a total of 28 days.
How long the current government shutdown will last is unknown.
What to expect during the shutdown:
Air Travel: While federal air traffic controllers and most TSA agents will continue to work, expect longer lines at security checkpoints.
Federal Loans: Applicants will have to wait to apply due to a reduction in staff.
Food Stamps: Monthly SNAP benefits will continue for at least one month. There may be a delay in processing new applications.
Gun Permits: Applicants will have to wait.
IRS: The IRS will suspend audit activities. However, all tax payments will continue to be processed.
Mail Delivery: All post offices will be open. Mail delivery will continue as usual.
National Monuments: Visitors won't be able to see sites like the Lincoln, World War II or Franklin Delano Roosevelt memorials during the shutdown.
National Parks: All parks are closed. Day visitors will have to leave immediately. Long-term campers who are already in parks will have two days to leave.
Passports: Some State Department passport offices are located in federal buildings that may be shut down. Call ahead to see if your local passport office is open.
Small Business Loans: New loan applications will not be accepted.
Smithsonian Museum or National Zoo: Closed. The animals at the zoo will still get fed.
Social Security and Medicare: Payments will continue as usual, but no new applications will be processed due to a reduction in staff. It is important to note that some payments could be delayed due to a reduction in workforce.
The Capitol: Closed to visitors, but will remain open for congressional matters.
Travel by Train: Amtrak does receive federal subsidies, but it will continue to run and has enough revenue to outlast a brief government shutdown. collects enough revenue in ticket fees to outlast a brief shutdown.
Unemployment: Payments will continue. New applications may be delayed.
U.S. Courts: Will remain in operation for 10 days on available federal funds.
U. S. Military: All active-duty military personnel are exempt from the shutdown. Congress has approved a measure to continue to pay troops on time.
Veterans Pension and Compensation: Payments will be made as usual. However, if the shutdown lasts longer than a month, funding may run out by late October.
WIC: Recipients will this program come to a halt during the shutdown. This program services nine million pregnant women and their children.
Click here for a full list of government agencies that will be affected by the shutdown.