Haley releases list of federal programs continuing during shutdown

Haley releases list of federal programs continuing during shutdown

COLUMBIA, SC (WCSC) - The office of Governor Nikki Haley has released a list of the federal offices, programs, and services to continue operation in South Carolina during the government shutdown.

The list was compiled based upon the contingency plans that federal agencies have filed with the Office of Management and Budget, communications between federal and state officials, and various press accounts, publications, and compilations, according to governor's spokesman Doug Mayer.

The list will evolve as federal agencies release new information and as agencies exhaust their remaining fund balances.

The governor's office says the list includes:


  • Food safety inspections but with reduced resources
  • The Food and Drug Administration will issue recalls, if necessary
  • The school lunch program is expected to run through October with existing funds.
  • The SNAP program (food stamps) for the immediate future; state and federal officials are determining how/if existing funds and authority can be used to continue benefits
  • Firefighting


  • Many employees at the National Weather Service will work due to the importance of their forecasts to the economy and public safety (especially during hurricane season)
  • The Patent and Trademark Office has sufficient funds to remain open for about a month


  • On September 30th, the President signed legislation allowing for the 1.4 million members of the active-duty military to be paid during the shutdown


  • Title I and Special Education payments
  • Pell Grants and Federal Direct Loans will be processed but likely at a slower pace


  • Employees responsible for nuclear weaponry and naval reactors

Environmental Protection

  • Emergency responders employees will be greatly reduced

Federal Reserve System

  • Central banking services (self-funding)

Health and Human Services

  • Medicaid and Medicare payments, including the CHIP program (children’s insurance)
  • Many HHS components, including the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, will operate with a reduced staff in order to protect health and welfare by responding to emergencies and outbreaks
  • Clinics of the National Institute of Health will treat existing patients and preserve ongoing trials

Homeland Security

  • The Department of Homeland Security and its various components will operate at nearly full capacity
  • Includes the Citizenship and Immigration Service, Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, and Transportation Security Administration, each of which is expected to keep 85 percent or more of its employees in place during the shutdown

Housing and Urban Development

  • FHA mortgages are still available
  • Homelessness programs will generally continue and GNMA will continue its operations in the mortgage market


  • Services that will continue are largely confined to law enforcement activities


  • Federal courts have reported to the Washington Post that they can operate for approximately two weeks
  • The Supreme Court has historically been able to operate during an impasse; next session begins next week


  • ATF, DEA, FBI, and other federal law enforcement activities will generally continue, including the operation of federal prisons and the U.S. Attorney offices


  • Unemployment payments will continue for as long as funds are available

Postal Service

  • Mail service

Securities and Exchange Commission

  • The SEC reports that it will be able to continue its operations “for a few weeks” using existing resources


  • The Department of State will provide most of its domestic and overseas services for the foreseeable future
  • Citizens can obtain passports and visas, but some offices will be closed if they are located in federal buildings that are shared with other agencies that have suspended their operations


  • Air traffic controllers
  • Construction and repair programs financed by the Highway Trust Fund


  • Employees who are responsible for processing mandatory payments – such as Social Security checks
  • The IRS will continue to receive and process tax payments

Veterans Affairs

  • VA mortgages are still available
  • Employees who provide medical services, primarily those of the Veterans Health Administration
  • Burial benefits and death notices