The Agencies Open on Government Shutdown Day 8

The face of the government shutdown.

The face of the government shutdown.

October 8, 2013

By Dr. Tyra OldhamLANDsds Sustainable Voice News

The government shutdown continues on its 8 day running. on the 8th day of October.  The clash of the proverbial titans continues and its trending downward. The news coverage is you search is days old as nothing new is happening.

The government shutdown is like a Halloween movie franchise sequel that keeps coming with the expected gore and excitement but in the end it’s the same movie. It is important to maintain the coverage on this story as history demands that a sustainable voice remain ever present on the actions of our society and its impact on the economy and people.

Many who are source information from the government are receiving emails like this one, “Funding for the federal government expired at midnight on Sept. 30, 2013 resulting in a shutdown.  In anticipation, federal agencies posted directives on  their individual websites addressing grant processes during this lapse in appropriations,” from your local Congressmen.

In reaching out to government employees whom happen to be high ranking a wonderful text summed it up seamlessly, “We’re not getting paid. Lol”.

The stalemate is indefensible as agencies are shut that drive revenues and generate economy.  The are still government agencies still open that facilitate revenue for the government where as agencies that transact business in the marketplace are closed.  The “Government shutdown 2013: Which agencies are still open?” are one facet of what is working.

ABC News WJLA reported”Among other functions that remain open, all of which take in user fees or have dedicated revenue streams that don’t depend on Congress:

– Passport offices run by the State Department, along with U.S. citizen services at foreign consulates. The State Department is also still accepting and processing visa applications for foreign travelers who want to visit the United States.
– The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is operating with fees authorized for spending in a prior year. That money is finite and may not last through an extended government shutdown.
– The Health and Human Services Department offices that handle Medicare and Medicaid, along with the health insurance marketplaces under the new health care law.
– The Farm Credit Administration, which provides loans and other services for farmers and rural areas.
– The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, which regulates truck and bus safety, and the Federal Highway Administration, which primarily directs federal highway aid to states. Both agencies are funded in large part with federal gasoline and diesel taxes, which are still available despite the government shutdown.
– The Federal Aviation Administration‘s airport improvements program, which mainly processes grants to airports; it operates on revenue from taxes on passengers.”

The impact continues.  The face of this riff is on President Obama and House Speaker John Boehner as the leaders but, the chasm runs deeper and wreaks of playground antics where alliances are galvanized that appear as bad guy-good guy.  In any riff sides are chosen and some are pushed to a side or aside to win. There is always a cost.  In a leadership course it was asked of me to consider “what is the cost to my action”. There is always a cost beyond self, affecting others.

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