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How Would Government Shutdown Affect Homeland Security, Employees?

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com  

A political battle between President Obama and Republicans over immigration has many observers worried about a Homeland Security shutdown at the beginning of March.

What would that look like?

The National Journal explains:

It’s likely that the majority of DHS employees would still go to work. And the main agency tasked with overseeing the program in question, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, is funded through fees rather than appropriations legislation.

It’s not clear that GOP leaders will have much leverage. Aside from the potential political fallout if the department runs out of cash, it turns out that a DHS “shutdown” might be one in name only, and Obama’s executive order might well proceed as planned.

During the October 2013 shutdown, about 85% of DHS workers continued to work, according to a Congressional Research Service report.

A shutdown usually doesn’t affect employees whose salaries come from multiyear appropriations or whose jobs are to save lives, the National Journal wrote.

Did Federal Agencies Miss Chances to Prevent Boston Marathon Bombing? Budget Cuts Delay Answer

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The government shutdown has caused more delays in a high-level investigation into whether federal agencies could have prevented the Boston Marathon bombings, the Boston Globe reports.

The furloughs and budget cuts have bogged down inspectors general of four federal agencies who are conducting a wide-sweeping review.

Before the budget hurdles, the officials had already notified Congress that it would not meet a September deadline.

When will they meet again? Nothing has been scheduled, the Globe reported.

Amber Alert Website Restored After Outrage Expressed Over Shutdown

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The federal government’s Amber Alert website was restored Monday morning after people expressed outrage.

The site, www.AmberAlert.gov, was temporarily taken offline because of the government shutdown.

“The Amber Alert system was never interrupted, but to eliminate any confusion, the informational site maintained by the Justice Department has been restored,” Justice Department spokesman Brian Fallon told CNN.

While the website was taken down, the Amber Alert system was still functioning, Justice Department officials said. They said Amber Alerts were still issued, and the system was not impacted.

Keeping the website up requires bringing in furloughed employees, Fallon said.

“It’s a cyber-security risk for sites to be posted but not maintained or supervised,” Fallon said.

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Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Suspends Classes, Education

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An enormous law enforcement center in southeast Georgia has suspended classes and sent a vast majority of its employees home because of the government shutdown, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, which is so large that it has its own ZIP code, is mostly quiet.

The building in Glynco, GA., has 18 firearms ranges and holds armed drills.

Of the more than 1,000 employees who work there, about 45 were not furloughed.

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