Politicians with a vested interest in an extended shutdown might want to call home from time to time to see how well things are not going, especially in places where the government payroll is king.
Last Friday was the first blank check many workers have ever received from Uncle Sam. But for some long-time feds the payless payday was not the first.
In today’s Federal Newscast, along with bonuses, the Transportation Security Administration said it can legally pay employees who worked the first day of the shutdown.
The politicians, who are still getting paid, assured civil servants — those forced to stay home and those required to work — they will get back pay someday.
While federal employees are left with few safety nets in terms of immediate financial assistance, local business in the Washington metro region have offered free or reduced-priced services during the shutdown.
For some feds it’s another day under political house arrest. Their job is figuring out how to accomplish certain necessary chores such as paying the rent, mortgage or putting food on the table.
Hundreds of federal employees rallied in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in protest of the partial government shutdown. The prolonged shutdown is holding their next paychecks, due Jan. 11, “hostage,” employees said.
The shutdown has created a kaleidoscopic of open, sort-of-open and closed federal operations. As it spins, the effects spread wider and wider.
WalletHub analyst Jill Gonzalez joined Federal Drive with Tom Temin to discuss what’s in the shutdown impact index and what it shows.
As the federal partial shutdown drags on, much of the attention is on union employees and lower-paid people. But it’s not easy for federal senior executives, either.