The federal government has until midnight Monday to come to a spending compromise, otherwise there will be a partial government shutdown.
The partial shutdown would affect about half of the Department of Defense’s civilian workforce—around 400,000 people—while military and contractor personnel will not be affected.
Unlike the furloughs that resulted earlier this year, the DOD has fewer options when it comes to deciding how the furloughs should be divvied up and what services it affects.
The DOD is only allowed to keep services related to life and safety, as well as a few other essential services. Civilians that are involved in these activities may not be affected by the furloughs.
The cut in spending will also affect civilian worker’s pay, as well as affecting companies that conduct business with the DOD.
For a complete look at how this may affect worker’s pay and other businesses, visit the Department of Defense website here.