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This Week's Facts:

  1. Agencies, Media Outline Effects of Government Shutdown

  2. State Government Open for Business Amid Federal Shutdown

  3. Need Data? State, National Sites Have You Covered

  4. Program Connects Human Services Professionals with Hoosiers in Need

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Agencies, Media Outline Effects of Government Shutdown

Federal Government Shutdown“Due to a lapse in funding, the U.S. Federal Government has shut down.” 

If you’ve been to any federal websites or have watched the news lately, that’s the message people are receiving about the shutdown. Many citizens are wondering how the shutdown will affect them personally. USA.gov has important information about the services affected by the government shutdown. By now, most people understand that a federal government shutdown happens when Congress fails to pass authorization for sufficient funds for government operations. Generally, the federal government stops providing all but ‘essential’ services at first, but since Congress must authorize all expenditures,there is now law protecting any government service from stoppage. The shutdown of the federal government has many causes, processes, and effects for U.S. citizens.

Unfortunately, a government shutdown is not a new occurrence. During the Ford and Carter administrations, there were six partial government shutdowns that affected the departments of Labor and Health, Education, and Welfare. These shutdowns lasted from 8 to 18 days. During the Reagan administration, there were eight full government shutdowns that lasted one to three days each. Click here to get a complete listing of government shutdowns in history. The Office of Management and Budget has posted Agency Contingency Plans across the federal government. CNN compiled a list of government agencies that are closed, open, and partially open. The Washington Post has a summary of what you need to know about the government shutdown and how it works.  Your local libraries and news sources will have current information about the progress of the shutdown.  

State Government Open for Business Amid Federal Shutdown

IN.govBelow are updates on state services that will continue through the federal government shutdown:

According to an October 1st press release from the Indiana Department of Workforce Development (DWD), its WorkOne centers and regional partners will continue operations as usual, including all unemployment insurance activities and training and education programs, for the foreseeable future, regardless of the partial federal government shutdown.

The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority (IHCDA) posted to its website some general guidance and news about how their programs are affected by the shutdown. IHCDA has been securing information from its federal funding partners.

The Indiana Department of Child Services’ Child Support Bureau announced that the processing of child support payments received by the State or County Child Support Offices will not be affected by the federal government shutdown.

The Indiana Women, Infants, and Children Program (WIC), a federally funded program, administered by the Indiana State Department of Health will continue to be funded by the State of Indiana.  According to local media coverage from the Indy Channel on October 2nd, Indiana State Department of Health spokeswoman Amy Reel said all local WIC clinics are open and operating, and that they can remain functioning for about thirty days.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) reminds Hoosiers in an October 1 press release that all 24 state parks and eight state reservoirs remain open for business as usual.

Closings:

The Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, which is part of the National Park Service, is closed. However, Indiana Dunes State Park remains open. The Hoosier National Forest, in the hills of south central Indiana, is closed because it is part of the United States Forest Service under the Department of Agriculture. While the Lincoln Boyhood National Memorial in Spencer, IN and George Rogers Clark National Historical Park in Vincennes, IN are closed during the shutdown, Indiana residents and visitors can still plan a visit the Indiana State Museum or many of Indiana’s State Historic Sites.

Need Data? State, National Sites Have You Covered

StatsIndianaYou may be wondering how the federal government shutdown affects our ability to retrieve data, especially now that Census.gov is temporarily offline. In Indiana, there are many other ways we can access the data available on federal websites.

The three major ways to access Indiana data are through the Indiana University & Indiana State Data Center’s web service StatsIndiana; the IUPUI Polis Center’s SAVI (Social Assets and Vulnerabilities Indicators); and the Department of Workforce Development’s Hoosiers by the Numbers.

For federal data, there is the Indiana Business Research Center’s StatsAmerica, the Missouri Census Data Center’s website, and the University of Minnesota’s National Historical Geographic Information System (NHGIS). For Microdata Samples, you can use the Minnesota Population Center’s IPUMS.org. You can also use the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine for data up to October 1.

The Census Bureau’s national State Data Center network is working to provide downloads of data that already exist across the country. The Indiana State Library’s Data Center Program was a pilot program of the U.S. Census Bureau in 1976, and since then, has been a leader in ensuring Indiana citizens access to reliable, timely data. If you need help finding or accessing data, please let us know! We can help you locate it.

Visit the Indiana State Data Center at the State Library, 315 West Ohio Street, Indianapolis, IN 46204. Call us at 317-232-3732. Visit our website, or email us at Indiana State Data Center.

Program Connects Human Services Professionals with Hoosiers in Need

Connect 2 HelpLocally, Connect 2 Help (2-1-1) connects people who need human services with those who provide them. Dial 2-1-1 on your phone to access referral services.

Connect 2 Help now includes the following counties:

Central Indiana Region  (Boone, Hamilton, Hancock, Hendricks, Johnson, Marion, & Shelby counties)
East Central Region (Delaware, Henry, Madison, & Randolph counties)
North Central Region (Elkhart County)    
South Central Region (Crawford, Daviess, Martin, Morgan, & Owen counties)   
Wabash Valley Region (Clay, Parke, Sullivan, Vermillion, & Vigo counties)    
West Central Region (Montgomery & Putnam counties)

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