The process of rebuilding in areas affected by Superstorm Sandy could be hampered by the furlough of thousands of federal employees if the federal government shuts down. "If a grantee for Hurricane Sandy has money in the system, they can continue to draw down on that," said Jerry Brown, spokesman for the Department of Housing and Urban Development. "Beyond that, there will be no new money loaded until the employees are back. For all essential purposes, that office will be closed." The detailed plan issued by the Obama administration does not indicate if employees of the Small Business Administration and the Army Corps of Engineers, agencies playing key roles in the reconstruction underway at the Jersey Shore, will be furloughed.