MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The government shutdown has left thousands of federal workers on furlough and closed down programs across the nation.
The impact is also being felt on Gulf Coast.
"Due to a lapse in Congressional appropriation our office will be closed until such time operational funding resumes. We will respond to your message when we return. The Fish & Wildlife Service apologizes for any inconvenience that may result, and remains dedicated to our conservation mission."
That's the message you get when you called the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Tuesday.
The Daphne office is closed and workers are on furlough while Congress remains deadlocked over funding for the Affordable Care Act.
The Fish and Wildlife employees are among 800,000 federal workers off their jobs due to the shutdown, affecting non essential government operations. Of course, for the workers their jobs are essential and they're probably among the hardest hit by the shutdown.
The Mobile County Sheriff's office is not directly affected by the shutdown.
"We still issuing pistol permits, we still able to run warrant checks. Things like NCIC are not affected by the government shutdown, because it's considered essential to public safety," Joe Mahoney said.
However, anyone looking to get hired by the Sheriff's office could run into a roadblock.
Human Resource Assistant Director Cynthia Coleman said federal law requires an immigration status check on all new hires. However, E-verify is shut down along with other non essential areas of government..
"If we had employees that were going to start work this weekend we could not E Verify them until whenever the government goes back to working," Coleman said.
Head Start programs in some parts of the country were also affected. But, Mobile Community Action which operates Head Start on the gulf coast said local Head Start was not affected, because its federal grant is based on a calendar year ending in December, rather than a fiscal year which ends in October.
Federally funded nutrition programs in our area were operating normally Tuesday, but officials are anxious because they said the situation could change depending on how long the shutdown lasts.
National parks on the Gulf Coast also closed, those include Fort Pickens, Fort Barrancas, and Johnson Beach. in Pensacola.
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