What would a “government shutdown” mean in practical terms? Home › Forums › Human Resources › What would a “government shutdown” mean in practical terms? This topic contains 76 replies, has 40 voices, and was last updated by Peter Sperry 7 years ago. Author Posts February 22, 2011 at 6:08 pm #123721 Christopher StevensonParticipant What elements of the federal government would actually get “shutdown”? What does being “shutdown” really mean? Does it mean all of HUD/DOT/DOE etc would shutdown? Just portions? How about DHS, DOD, or Intelligence Community agencies? I don’t imagine the Pentagon would close, TSA would stop screenings, or the CIA would stop doing their work. Anyone able to elaborate on this topic? Author Posts You must be logged in to reply to this topic.