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Shutdown Could Affect Thousands At Columbus-Area Supply Center
With a federal government shutdown looming, a number of employees at the Defense Supply Center Columbus could be affected. Just how many is uncertain. The DSCC employs about 9,000 people, both military and civilian.
Mike Jones speaks for DLA Land and Maritime, an organization within the supply center that supplies weapons equipment and parts. Jones said Land and Maritime is operational for now.
But he said, â€œItâ€™s all interconnected. So you canâ€™t buy anything if you donâ€™t have money. And since we supply all of the services, if they donâ€™t have money and a plentiful source to buy, of course, we wonâ€™t have orders to fulfill.â€
DLA Land and Maritime employs 3,400 people.
Jones said it has cash reserves to be able to operate for about a week before considering implementing contingency plans. And he said the group will still be able to stock the military with its needs for now.
â€œSo there wonâ€™t be any initial interruption in that. But of course, the longer that weâ€™re to go, if it does happen, then thatâ€™s where it gets a little bit dicey,” Jones said. â€œNow the other organizations on base, because they are federal employees, they have set up certain contingency plans to actually respond to who is going to be working if there is a shutdown.â€
There are about 25 organizations at the supply center.