The first couple days of the federal government shutdown have resulted in the closing of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Service Center in Dickson and have adult education coordinators across the state scrambling to create contingency plans. With Congress unable to reach an agreement on a national funding bill before the start of the new fiscal year at midnight Tuesday, thousands of federal offices across the country were closed and over a million federal employees placed on furlough. A sign at the USDA Service Center at 305 Henslee Drive says the offices will remain closed until Congress restores funding. The building houses the Farm Service Agency, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Dickson County Soil Conservation District and Rural Development. Meanwhile, adult education coordinators across the state, including Phyllis Bradley of Dickson County, have been told to develop a contingency plan for a reduction in services if the stalemate is not resolved within a week. Tennessee’s adult education program administered through the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development is funded 75 percent with federal dollars and 25 percent with state money. In an email Saturday, Division of Adult Education Administrator Marva Essick told coordinators across the state to begin planning for a reduction in services. Essick said all of the federally funded employees in her office will be furloughed and only the three GED unit staff funded by the state will remain on the job. The new multi-county service delivery areas will be given a week to develop a plan to reduce services. “Prioritize based on your student needs,” Essick’s email says. “To me, that would mean Fast Track classes should remain open so that those students could continue to move forward.” Bradley, who now oversees adult education programs in Dickson, Stewart, Houston and Humphreys counties, said if the shutdown lasts longer than a week, the program will be forced to reduce services by 75 percent. The Republican-controlled House of Representatives and Democrat-controlled Senate cannot agree on a bill to fund government with the main issue being the funding of the Affordable Healthcare Act.