A government shutdown will force the General Services Administration to furlough most of its workforce and provide limited levels of service to agency clients, according to the agency.
GSA has about 11,821 employees, according to a shutdown plan posted by GSA over the weekend. Only about 4,094 will continue working during a lapse in appropriations, according to the agency.
That means agencies will only have a minimal level of staffing to help protect federal property and keep buildings open for employees who still need to work. GSA said agencies will have limited support for IT services, communication and contracting support.
“In many cases, because of the impact on the number of personnel managing these buildings, the services will be limited and will be similar to weekend operations,” GSA spokesman Dan Cruz said.
The agency will not immediately furlough employees of the Federal Acquisition Service, but as its cash reserves begin to fall, it will reduce its staff proportionately, according to the agency. GSA said its phased shutdown of its acquisition service could take up to 25 business days.
“GSA must provide a minimal level of staffing to provide federal agencies support for functions that must continue during the lapse period,” Cruz said.