Federal services impacted by government shutdown

 

Many offices inside the federal building will remain open, but there are some services that will not be available, and some that are still up in the air.

Some people spent part of their day at the federal building in Honolulu as a precaution.

“I’m here to renew my U.S. passport and I decided to come today because I wasn’t sure what was going to happen starting tomorrow,” passport recipient Susan Dezzani said.

“It’s very calm. Seems like business as normal. I thought everybody was friendly. No sense of panic,” passport recipient Kepa Cabanilla-Aricayos said.

That could be because the passport office inside will not be affected by the federal shutdown.

In the federal court system, it will be business as usual, but only until Oct. 15. After that, hearings will continue and documents can be filed. However, officials don’t know what other services will be available because they’re still working on a plan.

“I think it’s terrible,” Social Security card recipient Zari Sohi said.

When it comes to Social Security, you will still receive income payments. You will also receive help applying for benefits and you’ll be able to replace a lost or missing payment.

But the office will not be able to issue you a Social Security or Medicare card, and you won’t be able to get a proof of income letter.

“We’re so limited to so many things in the island and to close this down, it would be difficult, especially for the older people,” Sohi said.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will still operate its weather service, law enforcement, and fisheries management in Hawaii, but most research activities will stop.

“I’m just hoping that they’ll be able to come to some kind of agreement and work it out,” Dezzani said.

The U.S. Postal Service and airports will operate as normal.

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