Government shutdown wouldn't effect bioattack monitoring

According to reports by the federal government, while some agencies would cease operating during a government shutdown, the Homeland Security experts who monitor the atmosphere for signs of a biological attack will still work.  

Work that has been deemed vital to life or the protection of property would continue to go on and those workers would be paid with money from alternate sources. This means that 80 percent of the Department of Homeland Security’s 230,000 employees would continue to remain at their posts, the Los Angeles Times reports.

All active duty military personnel will continue to report to work and military operations will continue, including those in Iraq and Afghanistan, the air campaign in Libya, and the U.S. military assistance to Japan’s earthquake relief, Deputy Security William J. Lynn III said on Thursday.

“Operations and activities that are essential to safety, protection of human life, and protection of our national security, are (exempted) from shutting down,” Lynn said, according to the Los Angeles Times.

There are around 700,000 civilian Department of Defense employees and 1.1 million active duty military personnel. A Pentagon spokesman could not provide an estimate for how many DOD civilians would stay on the job, according to the Los Angeles Times. Most of the intelligence community will remain at their posts due to the national security exemption.