Impact of gov't shutdown unclear


From staff reports

Friday, January 19, 2018

As the deadline for avoiding a federal government shutdown drew close Friday, it wasn’t immediately clear what impact a shutdown might have on operations at the Aviation Logistics Center and other Elizabeth City-based Coast Guard installations.

Local and regional Coast Guard authorities referred questions about the ramifications of a shutdown for the Coast Guard to officials with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, D.C.

"The dedicated men and women of DHS are fully prepared to protect the homeland and keep Americans safe should a lapse in government funding occur,” a DHS official said Friday. “Nearly 90 percent of all DHS personnel are considered essential staff and will continue to perform their duties in the event of a government shutdown. We urge Congress to fully fund DHS in order to pay the federal employees on the front lines defending our nation."

A government shutdown, meanwhile, would drastically cut back operations at the Edenton National Fish Hatchery.

Sam Pollock, who manages the hatchery, said Friday if the government shuts down, the hatchery will furlough all non-essential personnel. That means four of the hatchery’s five staff members will be sent home, he said.

All educational activities and public visits to the hatchery will be suspended for the duration of the shutdown and the office will be closed. One employee will report for duty as needed to ensure that the fish are taken care of, Pollock said.