Some local offices for federal departments are remaining fully open during the shutdown, though. The Bemidji Social Security Office, located at 2900 Hannah Ave. NW is open, as is the U.S. Post Office at 401 Irvine Ave. NW, according to representatives. Additionally, there’s no shutdown impacts from the Federal Aviation Administration affecting the Bemidji Regional Airport.
The main concern in Bemidji appears to be a potential disruption to the flow of federal grants and contracts across a variety of agencies.
…the Department of the Interior, which oversees the Bureau of Indian Affairs, is one of the agencies impacted by the federal shutdown. According to a contingency plan on the bureau’s website, operational and administrative related to contract or grant administration can’t continue when there’s a lapse in funding.
The BIA’s offices remain closed for business, including Indian Health Services. Yet the agency continues to offer medical care to residents as needed.
According to its website, the IHS is continuing to provide direct clinical health care services, such as referrals for contracted services. The IHS can also perform “development, issuance, oversight and other functions to meet immediate needs of patients, medical staff and medical facilities,” the website said.
It’s the same story over at the USDA where food inspection and other essential services remain up and running.
Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Child Nutrition Program benefits, along with some farm payments such as market assistance loans, market facilitation payments and disaster assistance programs, will also be available during the shutdown.
In fact, the second government shutdown of 2018 doesn’t overly concern top state officials. At least not yet, according to the Pioneer Press.
Many federal programs are on a sort of ‘funding autopilot’ that should continue. Other programs can be kept going temporarily, sometimes with the help of state resources.