Local federal agencies, employees feeling impact of government shutdown


A partial federal government shutdown began more than a week ago. 

The government shutdown started on December 22, and some agencies here in western Massachusetts are closed as a result. 

22News visited the Springfield Armory Monday, which is operated by the federal government. Although the Armory is usually closed on Mondays, there was a sign was in the window. 

It reads “The Springfield Armory national site is closed for the safety of visitors and park resources.”
And the Armory will remain closed until the government reopens. 

Some federal employees have been forced to stay home or work without pay. One person told 22News he hopes a deal can be reached soon to end the shutdown. 

“It’s bad for people,” said Eric Diago of Ludlow. “They do the work and don’t get paid.”

During previous government shutdowns, federal employees did receive back pay for the time they worked during the shutdown. 

Other agencies that are impacted by the partial shutdown are the Department of Agriculture, the FDA, and the Small Business Administration. 

That means things like food inspections and some farming services are not happening right now due to the shutdown. 

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