By LORI ANN EDMO
FORT HALL — If the federal government shutdown continues, Shoshone-Bannock tribal employees were advised of a plan where only essential departments will remain being paid full time and others on reduced hours after January 5.
On December 26, 2018, Elese Teton, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes executive director, said in a memo that the Tribes would work at 100 percent until January 5. However, spending is limited to essential purchases only, no further travel would be approved and hiring would cease.
At the tribal supervisor’s meeting January 2, directors and managers were given a handout of the plan if the shutdown continues.
The week of January 6 to 12, essential services that include law enforcement, health care programs including those that provide health care and medical care services remain fully operational. The Fort Hall Business Council has determined essential departments are the Fort Hall Police, Detention, Direct Health Care services, Fire and EMS, along with Sho-Ban Jr./Sr. High School. Other programs including the FHBC, General Fund, Indirect, all temporary employees, federal, state, along with non-federal/non-state programs are at 90 percent reduction working 36 hours per week.
The week of January 13 to 19, essential services remain fully operation while other programs are at 80 percent reduction or 32 hours per week. However temporary employees are at full shutdown.
Gaming surveillance are an exception to the plan.
FHBC Chairman Nathan Small advised the managers and directors the Tribes have to protect the general fund. Teton advised if the shutdown continues after January 20, further notice would be provided.