• Surprise ! l’industrie pétrolière bénéficie d’une dérogation au shutdown : les employés du service fédéral spécialisé viennent d’être autorisés à reprendre leur travail d’instruction et de délivrance de concessions offshore.

    Senate Democrats question offshore drilling work amid #shutdown | Reuters

    U.S. Senate Democrats are questioning the legal basis of the Trump administration’s move to continue work on its five-year offshore drilling plan during the partial federal government shutdown.

    In a letter sent on Tuesday to David Bernhardt, the Department of Interior’s acting secretary, and Walter Cruickshank, acting director of the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), the senators asked them to address why the BOEM’s contingency plan was updated in January to allow 40 employees to work on the offshore leasing program.

    It specifically asked on what legal basis the department changed its treatment of offshore oil and gas activities between Dec. 22, when the shutdown began, and January, when it recalled the employees. The letter requested a response by Feb. 1.

    • Pendant ce temps-là, les garde-côtes se serrent la ceinture…

      Admiral Schultz : Coast Guard Members Should Not ’Shoulder Burden’ of Government Shutdown – gCaptain

      U.S. Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Karl Schultz says it is “unacceptable” that Coast Guard servicemembers must rely on food pantries and donations amid the ongoing partial government shutdown, now in its 32nd day.

      On Friday, Coast Guard members and employees will miss their second paycheck of the shutdown.

      The shutdown has impacted pay to some 42,000 service members and 8,000 civilian employees.

      To the best of my knowledge, this marks the first time in our Nation’s history that servicemembers in a U.S. Armed Force have not been paid during a lapse in appropriations,” wrote Admiral Schultz in a tweet on January 15.

      As the only military service falling under the Department of Homeland Security, the Coast Guard has been uniquely impacted by the shutdown. Since many of the Coast Guard’s operations are deemed essential for national security and protection of life and property, service members and employees continue to work without pay during the lapse in appropriations.