NRCA—Partial Government Shutdown

With Congress and President Trump unable to reach an agreement on portions of the federal budget, certain parts of the government are operating indefinitely under a partial shutdown as of Dec. 22. This partial shutdown affects nine of 15 cabinet-level departments and dozens of federal agencies. The federal departments that are affected are treasury, homeland security, agriculture, interior, state, housing and urban development, transportation and commerce. For these departments, only federal employees and functions deemed "essential" will be operating until a budget agreement is reached between Congress and the president and signed into law.

Potential effects on employers include but are not limited to the following:

  • Federal contractors could be affected; federal construction projects and solicitations for new federal construction projects may be delayed because some government supervisors may be furloughed during the shutdown.
  • The federal E-Verify program is not operating during the partial government shutdown. Employers using E-Verify should consult the website of the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services website for guidance here by clicking here.
  • All regular federal economic and employment statistics will not be issued until the government resumes full operation.

Employers are reminded that all federal laws and regulations remain in effect and must be adhered to despite potential reduced enforcement activities during the shutdown.

This statement will be updated as affected government agencies provide more information about what services and enforcement may be suspended. If you have questions about any federal government operations during the partial government shutdown, please contact NRCA's Washington, D.C., office at (202) 546-7584 for further assistance.


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