The Veteran Affairs Lincoln Regional Office has closed Tuesday as a result of the continued stalemate in Washington D.C.
The Department of Veterans Affairs says the government shutdown has halted the progress it was making in reducing a backlog of disability and pensions claims.
The department said Monday that the backlog stood at about 418,500 at the end of September. It has increased by slightly more than 200 since the shutdown, largely because the VA stopped requiring disability claims processors to work overtime.
The backlog had been dropping by more than 2,000 claims a day in the week leading up to the shutdown.
Most of the VA is exempt from furloughs. But 7,000 VA workers were furloughed on Tuesday and access to all regional offices, suspended.
Another 2,750 technology workers were furloughed Monday. Some help to maintain the disability claims computer system.
It's unclear how many workers have been affected in the Lincoln offices.
All VA medical facilities and clinics will remain fully operational, including:
1. Inpatient Care
2. Outpatient Care
5. Dental Treatment
6. Extended Care
7. Mental Health Care
8. Nursing Home Care
9. Special Health Care Services
for Women Veterans
10. Vet Centers