The partial government shutdown continued to send ripple effects across government in January, shuttering agencies and programs that were operating on leftover funds and imperiling others. Hundreds of thousands of federal employees will miss a paycheck at the end of this week, upping the stakes in the continuing stalemate.
The Trump administration has taken steps aimed at alleviating the most wide-ranging and politically problematic effects of the shutdown, calling back unpaid IRS workers to process tax refunds and shoring up food stamps on a temporary basis. But deadlines are still imminent for several programs that could cease operations soon.
Below is a list of the upcoming interruptions to government programs, as well as those already slowed or shuttered.
Friday: Employees miss paychecks.
Some of the more than 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown would miss their first paycheck. A Post analysis found that half of these workers do not have a college education, and 14 percent make less than $50,000 a year.
Tuesday: Coast Guard members miss paychecks.
About 41,000 active-duty Coast Guard members will miss their first paycheck Friday. A tip-sheet published by the Coast Guard Support Program suggested that unpaid employees consider holding a garage sale to get by.
Jan. 18: Federal courts' resources depleted.
The nation's courts have used fees and other remaining funds to stay open during the shutdown, but they warned that funding would run out Jan. 18. All civil cases would be suspended if the shutdown continues past that date.
Jan. 25: Employees miss another paycheck.
Some of the more than 800,000 federal employees affected by the shutdown would miss a second paycheck.
Jan. 28: Tax season begins.
The IRS begins processing tax returns. The White House directed the IRS, which has previously said it would not handle refunds during a shutdown, to do just that. The decision could prevent an outcry.
End of January: Rural rent subsidies run out, more housing contracts expire, science grants go unawarded.
Rent subsidies from the Agriculture Department run out for nearly 270,000 rural low-income families.
At least 1,150 affordable-housing contracts from the Department of Housing and Urban Development expired in December, with another 500 expiring by the end of the month.
January is a critical month for tens of millions of dollars in science grants that are going unawarded during the shutdown.
Late January or early February: Activities for 2020 Census stop.
The Census Bureau has already ended some work but has continued preparation for the 2020 Census by using previously authorized funding. The bureau said that funding is expected to run out in late January or early February.
End of February: Food stamps possibly run out, country's credit rating could be reconsidered, housing vouchers program runs out.
It was unclear whether food stamps would remain operational through February, but the administration announced it has the funds to keep the program open until March, when funding is less certain. Also, More than 2,500 grocers and retailers are no longer accepting food stamps because their SNAP licenses have not been renewed.
The shutdown could put the country's AAA credit rating at risk if it extends to March and pushes a debt ceiling fight back, Fitch Ratings warned.
HUD's Section 8 rent vouchers for 2.2. million households run out, and funds for state and local public-housing agencies to manage more than 1 million public housing units also run out.
Mixed dates: Cash welfare expired.
Funding has lapsed for the federal welfare program TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) that provides cash assistance to 3.4 million Americans, but states have cobbled together previously unspent federal funds and state dollars to cover it. Deadlines vary by state for when that funding would expire.
Already affected: The government functions listed below have already ceased or slowed because of the shutdown. These departments are affected: Homeland Security, Justice, State, Agriculture, Treasury, Interior, Transportation, Commerce, Housing and Urban Development and the Environmental Protection Agency.
• Federal office buildings for affected agencies
• National parks (closed or unstaffed)
• Federal museums and zoo (closed)
• Government contracts (stopped)
• Food inspections (reduced)
• Training for advanced federal law enforcement, air traffic controllers
• Do-not-call registry, consumer complaint hotlines
• Many federal research operations (stalled)
• Immigration courts (significantly reduced)
• Vehicle safety testing and enforcement, defect investigations, crash avoidance research
• Farm-service centers
• Small business loans approvals (stopped)
• Most data on crime, sentencing and prisons