President Trump signed a bill Friday night to reopen the federal government for three weeks, officially ending the record-long partial government shutdown that began on December 22 and left hundreds of thousands of federal employees without pay. Nine out of 15 federal departments were closed during those 35 days, as well as dozens of agencies.
Here’s what was shut down during the shutdown
The FDA initially did not do routine inspections of domestic food-processing facilities. It recalled workers to restart inspections of what are considered “high-risk” foods in mid-January after the routine inspections were briefly halted due to the shutdown.
The Smithsonian museums and the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The National Zoo also closed, although animals were still cared for by zoo workers. Both the Smithsonian museums and the zoo are set to reopen on Tuesday, January 29.
The National Park Service said in a statement that it is “preparing to resume regular operations nationwide though the schedule for individual parks may vary depending on staff size and complexity of operations.” Independence National Historical Park, including the Liberty Bell Center, in Philadelphia has already opened.
Immigration courts closed, forcing judges to indefinitely postpone hearings scheduled months in advance.
A few hundred E-Verify employees were allowed to return to work this week, although they were temporarily assigned to non-E-Verify related tasks during the shutdown.
Agencies including the NSF, the Fish and Wildlife Service, the National Parks Service, the U.S. Geological Survey, the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and NOAA had to stop most of their work during the shutdown.
Large-scale instruments like NASA’s Stratoscopheric Observatory for Infrared Astronomy – the “flying telescope” – had to stop operations. Eventually bringing such instrumentation back up to speed requires over a week.
Some airlines who took delivery of new aircraft in December and January forced to park those new planes as they have to receive Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) certification to carry passengers, and the people who certify the aircraft are furloughed.
The National Transportation Safety Board has been unable to investigate the 97 major accidents that have occurred since the shutdown began. They resume service on Monday.