Regional
7:05 pm
Thu April 7, 2011

Federal Labs In NM Would Not Shut Down

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – U.S. Department of Energy officials say that unlike other agencies, the Energy Department has carry-over funds because of long-term projects.

They say that would allow it to operate for a limited time.

A directive requires the Energy Department to continue at a minimal level until carry-over funds are exhausted.

The department says that means its employees and contractors would not be furloughed Monday if the government shuts down.

Sandia and Los Alamos are responsible for ensuring the nation's nuclear stockpile is safe, secure and reliable.

Together they employ more than 17,000 people, not counting contractors.