Washington, D.C., politics have impacted the U.S. Middle District Court's stream of civil litigation cases and media reports.
Much of the district office staff working on civil litigation are being furloughed, due to the appropriation lapse and partial federal government shutdown, according to U.S. Attorney Peter J. Smith.
"All civil litigation in which the office is involved will be curtailed or postponed to the extent possible without compromising public safety or the protection of property, and always subject to the direction of the federal court," Smith said Tuesday after Congress failed to prevent the shutdown affecting about 880,000 employees nationwide.
Smith said the district office won't be able to respond readily to media inquiries and news releases will be limited to urgent matters involving public safety.
In addition, he added, the office's website will not be updated and social media accounts will not be managed actively during the shutdown.
It doesn't impact criminal ligitation and related work continues without interruption, he said. The office continues to receive communications from the public by mail, email and telephone.
Tioga lake complex stays open - for now
TIOGA - The Tioga-Hammond-Cowanesque Lake recreation park will remain open temporarily despite a lapse in federal funding, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Baltimore District, announced Tuesday.
All reservations will be honored, the district said.
The Corps is unique among federal agencies in that it is funded mostly through individual projects that may carry over funds from year to year, it explained. All Baltimore District recreation areas and dams have enough remaining funding for work to continue at least through Saturday.
If the lack of an appropriations bill continues, the district will re-evaluate its remaining funds weekly to determine which projects may continue to operate and for how long.
Once the district expends its Fiscal 2013 budget funds, only staff essential to public health and safety, such as dam operations and emergency response readiness, and those necessary for the management of ongoing construction projects, will continue to work.