Office of Management and Budget Director orders federal agencies to begin shutting down


What will and will not be closed during government shutdown.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013 - 10:22am

The Office of Management and Budget Director Sylvia Mathews Burwell ordered federal agencies to start shutting down.

The guidance for an "orderly shutdown of the Federal government" memo from Burwell also said:

"We urge Congress to act quickly to pass a Continuing Resolution to provide a short-term bridge."

The U.S. government shutdown went into effect at 12:01 a.m., ET, Tuesday, after lawmakers in the House and the Senate could not agree on a spending bill to fund the government.

Beginning Tuesday, October 1st, all Library of Congress buildings will close to the public and researchers.

Also, all public events will be canceled, and web sites will be inaccessible except the legislative information sites and

The U.S. Botanic Garden will also close. When available, the reopen information will be on

The Capitol Visitor Center will be closed beginning Tuesday, and all tours will be suspended.

According to national media reports, the following are expected to close due to the government shutdown:

  • U.S. Capitol
  • WIC Program
  • Free Museums
  • National Archives (Closed or will have limited functuality.)
  • Federal Websites (Closed or will have limited functuality.)
  • Library of Congress
  • National Mall and Memorial Parks
  • National Zoo
  • National Parks (Guests staying on campgrounds and in on-site hotels will be given 48 hours to leave.)
  • Statue of Liberty in New York City
  • Independence Hall in Philadelphia
  • Ability One
  • American Battle Monuments Commission
  • Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
  • Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • FDIC Office of Inspector General
  • Federal Labor Relations Authority
  • Federal Trade Commission
  • Inter-American Foundation
  • Millennium Challenge Corporation
  • National Capital Planning Commission
  • National Council on Disability
  • National Science Foundation
  • Office of Government Ethics
  • U.S. Office of Special Council
  • U.S. Trade and Development Agency
  • U.S. Courts ( The U.S. court system could operate for 10 days on available funds. )
  • Federal Election Commission
  • Export-Import Bank of the United States
  • Election Assistance Commission
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • International Boundary Commission
  • International Joint Commission
  • National Labor Relations Board
  • US Postal Service Inspector General
  • United States Interagency Council on Homelessness
  • U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum
  • U.S. Commission of Fine Arts
  • United States African Development Foundation
  • Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
  • Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
  • USDA - Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
  • USDA - Office of Budget and Program Analysis
  • USDA - Office of the Chief Economist
  • USDA - Office of Ethics
  • USDA - Risk Management Agency
  • USDA - Rural Development

Media reports are expecting these businesses/agencies to remain open throughout the shutdown:

  • Arlington National Cemetery
  • Department of State
  • Armed Forces Retirement Home
  • Appalachian Regional Commission
  • Bureau of Public Debt
  • Office of Personnel Management
  • Court Services and Offender Supervision Agency
  • Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
  • USDA - Agricultural Marketing Service
  • USDA - Natural Resources Conservation Service
  • USDA - Grain Inspection, Packers and Stockyards Administration
  • USDA - Food Safety and Inspection Service
  • Fiscal Service Treasury Finance Fund
  • Overseas Private Investment Corporation
  • U.S. Agency for International Development
  • Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Individual Congressional Offices
  • Peace Corps
  • Broadcasting Board of Governors
  • Department of Veterans Affairs ( Most employees at the VA are funded through multi-year and other types of appropriations. That is why such a large percentage are expected to work. )
  • Farm Credit Administration
  • Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid
  • Circulator
  • Public Schools
  • Federal Courts
  • Federal Prisons
  • Kennedy Center
  • SNAP
  • Airports
  • Food Inspectors
  • Patent and Trademark Office
  • Amtrak
  • Military
  • Air Traffic Control

The U.S. Capitol (@uscapitol) tweeted out the following as a result of the shutdown:

"Due to a lapse in government funding, this account will not be active until further notice."


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