UPDATE Tuesday, October 1, 2013-- 5:30 p.m.
Major Paul Rickert knew what was coming this morning.
"We had expected that. We put plans in place for it," said Major Rickert.
But it didn't make sending hundreds home any easier.
"Got the email, called in my federal technicians, let them know they had to sign a form... set up their emails out of office and home they went," said Major Rickert.
850 of one-thousand-50 federal technicians were furloughed...
"Accross the state there will be an impact," said Major Rickert. "It's a challenge."
It's a challenge Major Rickert said they've been through before after the sequestration earlier this year gave them six forlough days.
"To add that financial burden to a family is tough," said Major Rickert.
The 210 federal technicians left were deemed essential and kept on. Major Rickert is one of them.
"Of course we're working in a degraded capacity," said Major Rickert.
Now about half of the National Guard building in Madison is empty.
"When you send people home, the work doesn't necessarily stop."
But Rickert says, guard members prepare for the worst.
"Part of our job is to plan for the worst place scenario, so if this goes on a week or longer we're putting plans in place to take care of that as well," said Major Rickert. "We'll still have personell in place if an emergency arises that we'll still be able to respond."
Those kept on feared they wouldn't be paid either, but Rickert says the Pay Our Military Act ensures they will be.
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 --- 2:59 p.m.
The Wisconsin National Guard has furloughed 840 non-essential technicians as a result of the federal government shutdown.
Guard spokesman Maj. Paul Rickert says notice of the need to furlough the workers came Tuesday morning. He says 210 employees who work in fire and rescue, protective service and key maintenance jobs were exempted.
Rickert says those 210 workers will not be paid retroactively unless Congress allows for that.
Rickert says the Guard did receive authorization to keep military honors personnel on duty to ensure there is no interruption in services performed at military funerals this week.
The Guard got approval to keep the honor personnel after state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos asked about whether the shutdown would put their jobs at risk.
UPDATED: Tuesday, October 1, 2013 --- 11:57 p.m.
A federal agency that keeps tabs on water levels and water quality in Wisconsin is among those closed with the government shutdown.
The U.S. Geological Survey's Water Science Center in Middleton is responsible for equipment that monitors water flow and levels in rivers and streams throughout the state.
Acting Director John Walker said the equipment will keep collecting data and a staff person is on call in case of flooding or another emergency.
But Walker said late Monday that other work, such as the collection of samples to test for water quality, is being halted during the shutdown.
He says the center works with universities and municipalities and stopping its data collection could affect about 100 studies on water.
Posted Monday, September 30, 2013 --- 6:29 p.m.
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The people anxiously awaiting news about a government shutdown include Timothy Donohue, principal investigator at the Great Lakes Bioenergy Research Center in Madison.
The center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is one of three bioenergy research centers established by the U.S. Department of Energy to foster production of renewable biomass fuels.
Donohue says the center won't close because it's a state agency with federal funding that's secure through December.
But he says work at the center could slow because many of its partner labs and agencies could shut down. For example, the center sends samples for complex DNA sequencing to a lab in California that could close. That could leave scientists in Wisconsin waiting days or even weeks for test results that will shape their next experiment.
Copyright 2013: Associated Press