How partial federal government shutdown impacts Oregon's government
by Joe Douglass, KATU News, Monday, January 14th 2019
SALEM, Ore. — The partial federal government shutdown is on its 24th day without an end in sight. On Monday, Elizabeth Craig, a spokeswoman for Oregon's Department of Administrative Services, sent a KATU reporter the following breakdown of how the partial shutdown impacts various agencies in Oregon's state government: "Impact of Federal Government Shutdown"

Generally, agencies have not seen a financial impact and continue to receive funding from federal agencies; either the shutdown does not impact their programs or funding is still being dispersed. If any impacts have been felt, they have been related to workload. For example, federal judges are not working, therefore cases are not moving. The following is a breakdown of impacts by program area. (If an agency is not listed, it means they have reported anticipating no impacts at this time.) Education Department of Education (ODE) – The agency has access to the appropriated funding for the Child Care and Development Fund (CCDF) for FFY 18 and FFY 19. The majority of federal funding provided by ODE for the 2018-19 school year is represented with the FFY 18 federal allotment. These resources are fully appropriated and are available for ODE to draw from and expend to school districts. ODE does have a grant from U.S. DOJ, Youth Development and Diversion for about $1 M, which requires federal staff to issue. ODE has funding to front any expenditures from that grant.

Higher Education Coordinating Commission (HECC) – The agency continues to administer grants and scholarships for Oregonians using information from the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA); however, the institutions’ ability to award financial aid administered by HECC may be impacted for some students, until processing issues involving both the campus and the federal government are resolved. This could impact HECC grant and scholarship awards for students who are required to go through FAFSA verification (although colleges are now able to accept documents besides the tax transcript as of yesterday) and for male students (since the Selective Service Office has been furloughed, causing some FAFSA issues). Apart from the agency effects, Oregon higher education institutions are seeing other impacts as well for students.
Health and Human Services
Oregon Health Authority (OHA) – The shutdown will not impact the majority of the agency’s programs because the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is one of the federal agencies with an approved budget through September 2019. This means the Medicaid program will continue uninterrupted (unless the shutdown goes beyond September). But, there are two programs that receive money through the EPA and USDA: Maternal, Infant Early Childhood Home Program: This program receives an $8.5 M federal grant outside of HHS; the federal government has ensured that states will continue to receive funding for this program through the rest of the FFY.

Women, Infants, and Children (WIC): Based on action taken by the USDA, OHA expects WIC funding to last through March 2019. Department of Human Services (DHS) – Similar to OHA, the shutdown will not impact the majority of the agency’s programs because of U.S. HHS’ annual appropriation bill. However, TANF and CCDF funding are an exception because the programs’ extensions lapsed with the government shutdown. No additional funding is available unless new legislation is passed. Also, the programs administered by the USDA are impacted.

TANF – DHS believes it has sufficient federal and state funds for January 2019; however it may be challenging in February. DHS has some carryforward funds from the prior fiscal year that it is allowed to use, unless HHS indicates otherwise. CCDF – DHS does not receive this grant from the federal government. The funding is received by ODE and DHS submits for reimbursement each month from ODE. SNAP – Funding for benefits is considered mandatory and USDA indicates that SNAP and WIC will continue during the funding lapse using existing budget authority at least through January. WIC – USDA Food and Nutrition Service indicates it has funding for WIC benefits and administrative costs through January. State agencies are directed to continue to administer the WIC program.

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