A government shutdown this week is interrupting services
and jeopardizing the paychecks of more than 800,000 federal workers.
The federal government does not stop functioning completely, and by law,
certain agencies must operate with unsalaried employees. They include
those that deal with national security and the safety of people and
property, as well as those that manage benefits such as Social Security
payments. The U.S. Postal Service will also be unaffected by a shutdown.
Here’s what some agencies have said about their plans this time around.
Department employee totals are from departmental contingency plans
that were updated this year. This graphic has been updated with more
complete information about agencies’ 2013 contingency plans.