The government shut down on Tuesday, and with it came the interruption of many federal services.
Here is a list of facts that provide insight into what areas of government are affected most, how many federal employees are feeling the crunch and how much the shutdown costs per hour, etc.
If previous trends are a good predictor of how long the shutdown will last, the federal government will be back on track soon.
Non-essential federal personal are being the hardest hit. While the military, air traffic controllers and vital security personal will see little change in their work schedules, others are seeing dramatic cutbacks. As much as 97 percent of NASA is expected to be furloughed during the shutdown.
Utah is expected to see 40,000 furloughed.
Roughly 80 percent of the federal workforce is expected to carry on working through the shutdown.
Some, such as post office and federal mint employees, are funded through other means, and thus aren't reliant on Congress for their pay.
Others, such as Social Security workers, are considered essential enough to still work, but they won't be able to collect a paycheck until the shutdown ends. This would have included members of the 1.3 million strong military, but a bill was passed late Monday night ensuring they will receive pay on time.
As mentioned, the 500,000 employees of the United States Postal Service are funded through revenue and separate funding than what Congress refused to allow on Monday.
So rain, sleet, snow, tornadoes or large-scale government shut downs, you'll still get your mail.
The IRS will be alive and well … sort off. Only 9 percent of the IRS staff is still on the job during the shutdown, and the remaining workers won't get paid until the shutdown ends. This means that the IRS will still be able to collect taxes but will suffer in other areas such as being unable to hand out refunds or information to the House investigation committee into the IRS's targeting of politically active groups, because it would appear as the people in charge of that will not be working during the shutdown.
The Department of State has enough funds left in its accounts to continue operating for an undetermined amount of time, though don't expect it to hold out too long.
Several departments that would normally be shut down, such as the Patent and Trademark Office, estimate they have enough spare funds lying around to continue operating for some time, though not indefinitely.
Nope. The funding for the ACA has already been acquired, and as such, despite the main political reason for the shutdown being over the ACA, it will start on time.
The National Park Service is essentially shutting down, closing all national parks and museums to visitors. Park security and protection personnel will still be on the job as needed.
The 20 national parks in Utah will remain shut down for the duration of the crisis.
Tuesday, a busload of World War II veterans was initially turned away from the memorial because it is staffed by the National Park Service and the National Park Service is having to furlough the majority of its employees over the shutdown.
However, the World War II memorial was funded by private donations, some $192 million in all, leading some to question why it would be closed in the first place.
According to National Park Service spokeswoman Carol Johnson, "Park Service did not want to barricade these, but unfortunately we have been directed, because of the lack of appropriations, to close all facilities and grounds."
The District of Columbia is dependent on Congress for funding, and will not be getting much in the way of amenities during the shutdown. Expect trash to go uncollected. Normally the city staff would be sent home, but Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray has informed the government that he deems all of the city's staff to be essential, and thus able to continue working (albeit without getting paid until the shutdown ends). However, according to the attorney general however, this move is illegal.
The 3.6 million veterans of the armed forces who receive funds and benefits are supported by the Department of Veteran Affairs, which has announced that it only has enough funds to continue running for a few more weeks.
Despite being the ones who shut down the government, members of Congress still get paid installments of their $174,000 salary.
However, 108 legislators 56 Republicans and 52 Democrats have announced that they will refuse payment or donate it to charity.
For Utah, Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch and Reps. Jason Chaffetz, a Republican, and Jim Matheson, a Democrat, have announced that they will refuse pay.
UPDATE: According to CNN the new tally is 130 Senators and Representatives are refusing pay or donating their pay to charity. This list includes Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.
Although a relatively small amount considering the GDP of the U.S. is $16 trillion a year, the shutdown is still expected to cost $12.5 million an hour, $300 million a day and $1.6 billion a week, according to estimates by IHS Global Insight.
This isn't the first time the government has shut down, and despite costing more money than they saved, they have yet to deal crippling blows the previous 17 times the federal government has been shut down since 1977.
But they can last longer, with the last shutdown occurring from Dec. 16, 1995, to Jan. 5, 1996. That's 21 days.
It's not clear yet how long this one will last, although it's already past the three-day average.
While a government shutdown is not the worst thing that can happen, it is not the greatest either, especially if you're one of 800,000 not sure when you can return to work. And the intense political climate that led to this shutdown has many worried that the upcoming debt ceiling debate in the middle of the month will be even worse.
If the lawmakers can't agree on the debt ceiling, expect very bad things to happen because the United States will effectively be forced to stop making payments on its debt.