HILL AFB — Hill AFB was yet to be officially notified of a federal government shutdown Tuesday afternoon.
“The department remains hopeful a government shutdown will be averted,” Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in a Monday memo.
That statement comes days before federal fiscal year 2013 ends on Monday, Sept. 30.
By press time, Congress hadn’t passed a budget.
If federal legislators don’t approve a budget or pass a continuing resolution, portions of the government funded by appropriated funds will be forced to close.
“Prudent management request we be prepared for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur at the end of the month,” Carter said in the memo.
More than 20,000 people are employed at the base, including 11,500 federal civilian employees and about 4,000 military personnel, said George Jozens, public affairs lead.
The possibility of closure affecting thousands follows on furloughs that cut hours of more than 11,000 civilian contract employees by up to 11 days.
A base spokesman said the Assistant Secretary of Defense had not sent guidance on the matter.