The government shutdown on October 1, 2013, has furloughed over 800,000 workers considered unessential. Federal jobs are continuing with some agencies being affected more than others. For instance, the defense department furloughed 18% of its workers while NASA has closed out 97% of its workers.
The last time this country had a government shutdown was in 1995, when Clinton vetoed Congresses proposed budget.
Who is not affected by the government shutdown? Very few are not affected but this is a list of workers who will remain on duty.
- Active military service personnel will continue to serve with guaranteed pay.
- The U.S. Post Office will continue delivering the mail.
- Social security beneficiaries continue receiving their checks.
- Air traffic controllers, prison guards and border patrol agents will stay on duty.
- NASA Mission Control will continue supporting the astronauts serving on the Space Station. Although, NASA has been open for some business the U.S. Government is restricting the NASA.gov not allowing people to view content already available on the website.