Gainer’s executive office will be open from 30 minutes prior to convening to 30 minutes post adjournment. The Senate Employee Assistance Program would be open for emergencies only, while education, training and financial management services would be closed. Human resources would provide limited services and the Senate pages would provide floor support and proctors. Workers’ compensation would be available online only.
Senate doorkeepers would stay on the job, but elevators would be self-service.
Senate support staff would be on hand for computer disasters. The Capitol Exchange and IT Help Desk are available during in-session hours or 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., while IT Security Support will be on call around the clock. Network, telephone, wireless and office equipment support are only available only in case of emergency.
The House Administration Committee warned that information resources would be operating at reduced levels, so there would “likely be delayed responses to tech support requests.”
Those driving work on Tuesday would find four vehicle gates open on the House side, with all other access points closed. Parking lots 1 and 4, plus the Rayburn and Ford garages, would be open only to permit holders.
Only one door would be open to each House Office Building, and access to the House Gallery would be limited.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.