The federal government is headed for a shutdown as Congress has still not reached a decision on funding legislation.
The federal departments are preparing to bring the non-essentials to a halt.
Not all departments will be affected, however, such as social security checks, law enforcement, and air traffic controllers.
Each department and agency has its own plans and procedures in place to prepare for the shutdown.
These plans offer guidance around how many employees will be furloughed, which employees are essential, and additional information.
Failure to pass a short-term bill may affect areas like air travel, clean drinking water, food stamps, museums and national parks, student loans, and more.
None of the federal employees will be paid. Essential workers will be on the job, while others will be furloughed.
During a shutdown, the Bureau of Labor Statistics would stop releasing data, affecting the ability of investors and the Federal Reserve to interpret the US economy.