In another round of sequestration-related furloughs, the offices of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development around the country will be closed Friday.
All offices, including the Columbia field office, will be closed and resume business Monday.
The Columbia office is the only HUD field office in South Carolina. Office director Larry Knightner was unavailable for comment.
According to the agency, all previously scheduled technical-assistance visits and meetings are canceled.
The Friday closing is a part of seven furloughs that began in May and will continue through the rest of the fiscal year. The sequestration order, signed by President Barack Obama on March 1, forced $85 billion to be cut from the federal budget in the 2013 fiscal year.