CHICAGO - The federal government is Chicago's the largest employer - about 55,000 people - and the alarm is being sounded on Chicago Crain's: What will happen if the calendar turns to October 1 and Congress has not approved a continuing resolution that demands the nation's debt ceiling be raised yet once again? What services will be cut and who will face job furlough?
- air traffic control
- customs inspections
- airport security
- federal courts
- U.S. Post office
- Railroad Retirement Board
- customs processing
Federal services that would be paused include (among many others):
- Small Business Administration
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Department of Housing and Urban Development
The federal government has shut down 17 times in recent history, the longest being three weeks in 1995.