By Kimberly Schwandt

The Obama administration clarified the scope of the potential government shutdown saying that it would impact about 800,000 employees and stop services like IRS paper filling and returns and close institutions like the Smithsonian.

A senior administration official also said that military personnel would continue to earn money, however they wouldn't actually receive it until

the government is funded again. They'll be receiving full pay checks until April 8.

There are two areas that guide who will stay working. Government activities will stay open that:

1) Have alternative funding - like user fees or appropriations that aren't every year.

2) Are necessary for safety of life and protection of property.

Click here to see a snapshot of what else stays open and closes during this potential shutdown at America's Election HQ.