The government shutdown means an estimated 41% of federal employees are furloughed. Most workers who impact public health or safety are exempt, but there are a few jobs you may be surprised to see on the "out of office" list:
Aviation safety inspectors
Approximately 3,000 inspectors who make sure airlines are maintaining their planes safely and conduct inspections at airports of planes and pilots are being furloughed by the Department of Transportation's Federal Aviation Administration, the union representing the inspectors said.
FAA spokeswoman Kristie Greco declined to confirm the Professional Aviation Safety Specialists union's tally of the number of inspectors furloughed and the type of inspections they conduct. She told the Associated Press nearly 2,500 safety office personnel — including some inspectors — will be furloughed, but they may be called back to work incrementally over the next two weeks.
About 48% of the Department of Health and Human Services employees will continue to work, including those responsible for safety of human life or protection of property, such as research animals at the National Institutes of Health.
That does not include Food and Drug Administration food inspectors, however, according to the HHS contingency plan:
"FDA will be unable to support the majority of its food safety ... activities. FDA will also have to cease safety activities such as routine establishment inspections, some compliance and enforcement activities, monitoring of imports, notification programs ... and the majority of the laboratory research necessary to inform public health decision-making."
Department of Agriculture food inspection of meat, poultry and eggs will continue.
Inspectors who work on auto recalls
According to the Department of Transportation's contingency plan, the shutdown does affect the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration:
"Defects investigations would be suspended and incoming information on possible defects from manufacturers and consumers would not be reviewed."
For more details on what is (and isn't) suspended, see 27 more questions and answers on the shutdown by USA TODAY's Gregory Korte.
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Contributing: Associated Press