As of press time, no budget deal has been reached by United States government officials to avoid a government shutdown.

This shutdown could affect Ada in multiple ways.

David Barna, chief spokesman of National Parks Service, said all 394 national parks in the United States would be closed down, including Chickasaw National Recreation Area in Sulphur.

United States Department of Agriculture offices in Ada may also feel the effects of the shutdown.

“If (the shutdown) were to happen, all the United States Department of Agriculture offices in the (Natural Resource Conservation Service Center) would be affected,” said Area Director of Rural Development Tom Roberts.  “Until we get an official word, we’re still looking for business as usual on Monday.  We’ve been told we should know by (Friday) afternoon whether or not we’ll report to work on Monday.”

Robert S. Kerr Environmental Research Center would be shuttered.  An Environmental Protection Agency Contingency Plan dated April 2011 said 17,324 permanent employees and 397 temporary employees are currently working for EPA.

According to the contingency plan, employees who would continue working through the shutdown include those whose “compensation is financed by a resource other than annual appropriations” (856 employees nation-wide or 4.83  percent of EPA’s employees) and employees “ensuring the safety of human life and protection of property, etc.” (804 employees or 4.77 percent of EPA’s employees). The plan said employees affected by the shutdown would also report for work until shutdown procedures could be completed.

“Only personnel required for the orderly shutdown of the Agency or assigned to excepted or exempted functions should continue to report for duty,” the plan said.  “All other personnel must depart following their dismissal after they have secured their work space and documents and entered their time into the Agency’s Time and Attendance System, if required.  EPA estimates that these activities should take less than one-half workday.”