5:50 am August 4, 2011, by Henry Unger
Can Washington do anything these days?
More than 330 Federal Aviation Administration employees in metro Atlanta are victims of another political stalemate there, AJC reporter Kelly Yamanouchi writes. They were furloughed amid a Congressional showdown over part of the agency’s funding.
With Congress now out of session, it could be at least another month before they get back to work, Yamanouchi reports.
The partial FAA shutdown — initially obscured by the raging debt ceiling debate — doesn’t affect travel. Work continues on major projects such as the new international terminal at the Atlanta airport, run primarily by the city, Yamanouchi writes.
But it has put 4,000 FAA workers nationwide out of work, including many engineers who work on planning, environmental issues and grants — functions not critical to day-to-day aviation safety but necessary for future upgrades and improvements to the air travel system, Yamanouchi reports.
More than 200 projects are on hold around the nation, idling an estimated 70,000 workers involved in construction or related tasks, Yamanouchi writes.
Air traffic controllers are still on the job, as are safety inspectors who check aircraft.
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