All, let’s do our best to keep this an informative thread. While it need not be “sterile” (banter is always welcomed) I believe that “political” discussions will impede the task of keeping us, local federal employees, up to date as we share our particular furlough related knowledge and experience.
My job is mostly funded by the federal government, but I don’t work for it directly. It hadn’t occurred to me that a furlough could potentially affect my job, and it should have occurred to me, but apparently I’m in the clear. Good luck to you guys! And if the furlough goes through, I hope you enjoy noon time beers.
@novasteve Arlington mobstecrats don’t care, you’ve got that right, and what are you going to do about it? Complain to Holder or Obama?
As “Essential Personnel” at a critical government site, I’ve been told by the big cheese in our office I have to report to work even if the government is shutdown, during a blizzard, while the building’s on fire. He was being dead serious too. They literally forced my group to work, a few years before I got there, while a large fire raged inside the building a few dozen yards away. They were told they’d be “allowed” to evacuate if the firefighters failed to contain the blaze, and the site was about to get overwhelmed. Frankly, for the six-figures they pay me to sit around doing nothing most days, I figure that sounds fair enough.
Anyways, the moral of my rambling story is don’t assume you’re not supposed to show up for work if the government shuts down, or the sky is falling. Make sure you check with your boss. And if he’s the ignorant and easily confused type, like most of the Soulless Yuppie Scum(TM) around Arlington County, then check with their boss. Also, be sure to eat pizza at least once every few months.
@James--This is true. My mother works for the FAA and, during the ’96 shutdown, she was functioning in a safety-oriented capacity. While her associates were enjoying their afternoon beers, she needed to come to work for that week or so that the shutdown endured.
I, on the other hand, am safe--advertising revenue pays my salary.
James, working during a shut down or even in a blizzard is understandable. Not being allowed to evacuate a building threatened with fire is intolerable. You should have reported that you your union if you have one, and/or to OPM.
I am a non-essential piece of riff-raff, and will be enjoying the golf links during the shutdown until my money runs out, at which point I will take up residency under the Key Bridge.
Moran has commented on this issue
Earlier today I was instructed to report to work on the morning of Oct 1 because all leave was cancelled. Our section head later superseded that, instructing us to report for work only if the Government is operational.
Who else but OPM would order us to arrive at work and THEN instruct us to go home because doing any work would be a violation of Appropriations Law.
You sound like you are shocked that government and incompetence go hand in hand
So who is going to get teh blame? Even Bill Clinton during the 1990s was willing to sit down with Gingrich and negotiate. Obama is absolutely refusing to negotiate with the House, but i willing to negotiate with Iran? That’s interesting.
Democrats will “blame” Republicans, and Republicans will “blame” Democrats. The usual game in Washington. Truly though, if these politicians are loyal to their constituents, and the campaign promises made to them, then the “blame” lies squarely with the voters. This is a Democracy after all.
The liberals wanted Obamacare at all costs, and conservatives wanted it gone by any means. Both are Democratically entitled to this contest of wills we now have before us. But which group of voters will win out in the end? Stay tuned!
the "blame" lies squarely with the voters
It may were it not for gerrymandered districts.
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