It is not business as usual for Naval Station Newport as civilian workers on the base are shutting down their office as a result of the Federal Government shutdown. Across the Naval Station it is estimated that between 800 and 1000 people will be furloughed until congress reaches some type of agreement allowing government operations to be fully restored.
According to the Public Information Officer on base many of the administrative offices were closing down business this morning. The command staff and offices, like the Department of Public Works, on base, which are considered essential will continue to operate as usual. Civilian employees at all commands with the exception of the Naval Undersea Warfare Center will be impacted.Military personnel will continue to come to work as usual.
The many schools on the base including the Navy Preparatory Academy and the Naval War College will be affected by the shutdown. Currently classes taught by civilian instructors will be canceled unless the school is able to find military personnel to temporarily teach the class.
The Navy Commissary will close at 7 p.m. and remain closed until the government reaches a resolution.
The Naval Station Newport Pass & ID office is will be closed along with the Naval War College museum.
The Naval Health Clinic will remain open but people should expect longer wait times. Morale, Welfare and Recreation facilities will remain open as usually. The Navy Exchange will also remain open.
Over the summer Naval Station Newport employees were hit with furlough days as a result of sequestration.
The last time the federal government shutdown was in December of 1995. The shutdown continued for twenty-eight days.