As the federal government shutdown continues, Alameda County is assuring residents that it is open for business and that all County services are available as usual.
The County is still assessing the potential impacts on services related to the shutdown. All indications are that impacts should be minimal if the shutdown is relatively short, but could be more significant if the impasse in Congress drags out.
Residents are urged to check the County website, www.acgov.org, for updates on impacts to local services should the federal shutdown continue.
When it comes to a protracted federal shutdown, the County’s primary concerns relate to impacts on federally funded programs that serve low-income residents:
- early education programs,
- supplemental food and nutrition assistance for women, children and infants
- food stamps
In all, the State Employment Development Department estimates that there are roughly 9,600 federal employees in Alameda County. It is not clear how many of these employees face furloughs related to the shutdown.