Published Oct. 16, 2013
The closure caused the Corps’ Charleston District to furlough five employees today from its general and administrative staff.
“This begins a staggered shutdown that will continue until we exhaust existing funding,” Army Corps Charleston District spokeswoman Sara Corbett said in a news release.
During the closure, regulatory offices will be unable to evaluate individual permit applications, pre-construction notifications for nationwide permits, regional general permit authorizations or requests for jurisdictional determinations.
Permitting will begin again after current-year funding is received and the offices reopen.
Some Charleston District offices will continue to operate, as the Corps of Engineers is unique among federal agencies in that it is funded mostly through individual projects that carry over funds from year to year.
Some Charleston District projects have enough funds remaining from past appropriations to continue work, including the Post-45 study that will determine whether the Charleston Harbor can be deepened.
“We are continuing to assess the situation on a daily basis,” said Lt. Col. John T. Litz, Charleston District commander. “We are committed to ensuring we keep our employees, their families, and the public informed as we know more.”
Subscribe to the Charleston Regional Business Journal to read a full story on the government shutdown in the Oct. 21 issue.