On Tuesday, October 1, Central Georgia's largest television station WMAZ-TV reported that the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Georgia, Michael Moore, will have to furlough half of his staff during the partial government shutdown.
Approximately half of Moore's staff of sixty will be impacted, but the furloughed workers are personnel who had been working on civil cases.
For now, criminal cases and investigations will proceed.
Gregory Leonard, a clerk for the federal court says that the U.S. Courthouse, located on Mulberry Street in Macon, has enough funding to function via reserves for 14 days .
However, if the partial shutdown persist beyond two weeks, Leonard says he would have to furlough staff with the exception of essential personnel.
Moore says the following:
"The Department of Justice has put in place a five day contingency plan, and essentially what we are doing is that we are hoping that Congress can come together and that there would be a budget passed. But we are working on a timetable that says we can do these reduced operations for about five days, and at the point if it looks like it was going to be longer than that we may have to reevaluate."
Moore said litigating criminal cases is still a priority and can not withstand significant delays.
"I mean, I really look at which of our functions could withstand some period of delay and the criminal cases by and large cannot, the civil function which would be our civil defensive practice, our bankruptcy practice, Social Security practice those things we could do on behalf of the United States we are working with the judges to make sure that we respond as we need to," explains Moore.