Many federal agencies still operating after shutdown

Posted at: 10/01/2013 6:28 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

The government shutdown has many Americans frustrated, like Teresa Cisneros.

"There's no reason for a shutdown. These people need to work," Cisneros said.

Some of those people are working, such as employees of the National Weather Service.

Agencies that are necessary to protect life and property will be maintained during the shutdown.

"We'll be operating doing our core functions of providing life-saving emergency core services for the safety of the public," stated meteorologist Shawn Bennett.

The Albuquerque Sunport is another location filled with government employees, working for the TSA and FAA. Dan Jiron of the Sunport says that operations, at least for now, won't be affected.

George Dodge, Jr., a passenger who landed from Baltimore, says that TSA agents were happy and in good spirits even with the shutdown underway.

Other agencies that will continue maintaining operations include the FBI, Border Patrol, and federal prisons.

The National Museum of Nuclear Science and Navajo Nations Tribal Park in New Mexico will remain open as well.

However, most of these agencies, like the National Weather Service, will be working "voluntarily".

"Eventually, the law also says that for work performed, we'll get paid, but as for when, that will be determined by the length of the shutdown," Bennett stated.

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