Due to the government shutdown beginning today, there are many questions about the services available to our Sailors and their families.
Information may be hard to come by, as agencies close or limit their workforce, government websites and resources may be unavailable.
The Department of Defense has a website available for the civilian workforce. The Navy published a blog post on 27 September outlining what a shutdown would mean for its civilian workforce.
For information about your local Housing Service Center (HSC), Unaccompanied Housing Staff and other information, the best resources will be local ones. Installation HSCs and unaccompanied housing are authorized to maintain the absolute minimum necessary to ensure the safety of residents and for emergency operational sustainment; the services provided during the shutdown may be limited or eliminated. Contact your installation HSC before you visit to make sure they can support your need.
In the event of a government shutdown, we have been informed that the base Commissaries will be impacted. All stateside stores (including Alaska and Hawaii) will be closed start 2 October. Today, stores in the U.S. will be open to sell as much produce and perishables as possible. Stores outside of the US will remain operational (including Guam and Puerto Rico). DeCA will immediately post the latest information possible on their website, www.commissaries.com, as well on the store web pages and on social media before the shutdown. Unfortunately, there will be few updates to websites and social media until after the shutdown is resolved.