The impact of the federal government shutdown is being felt in Frederick. At Fort Detrick, all military personnel will be reporting for duty as scheduled. But spokeswoman Lanessa Hill says 30% of the post's civilian employees have been furloughed.
Despite the shutdown, Hill says some services will still be available on post. "The Department of the Army has told us if there are positions that directly affect life, health and safety of the installation and the American people, they were accepted and they were able to come to work," Hill says.
The federal government shutdown began at midnight on Monday, when Democrats and Republicans in Congress couldn't come to an agreement on a resolution to continue funding the government. The GOP tried to tie the measure to delaying, defunding or repealing the Affordable Care Act, known as "Obamacare." The Democrats and the President have balked at that.
Despite the shutdown, Hill says all gates will remain in operation, and Fort Detrick Police, Fire and Emergency Medical personnel will report for work. "Our family and MWR services, such as our family and fitness center, will remain open. Our child care centers will remain open. Our Army emergency leave will remain open," she says. MWR stands for morale, welfare and recreation.
Other services that will remain available include the Exchange, Employee Assistance Program, the Barquist Health and Dental Facility, the Veterans Affairs Community Based Outpatient Clinic, the Staff Judge Advocate and the Sexual Harassment/Assault Prevention program.
Officials at the US Army Medical Research Institute for Infectious Diseases say the facility will remain open and staffed by 127 military personnel and 200 contract workers.
At the Air National Guard Base in Martinsburg, West Virginia, the home of the 167th Airlift Wing, officials say 400 civilian employees have been furloughed, but 100 active duty and reservists must report for duty. They just won't be paid for a while.