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Julie R.
04-06-2011, 06:15 AM
Even though the end result will more than likely be paid day(s) off, federal employees are desperately trying to make the case that the work they do is "essential." After all, if your job isn't really essential you are contributing to the wasteful spending that is forcing the shutdown, right? Government workers have been scrambling to prove how important their jobs are with a shutdown looming. Nothing like the bureaucratic infighting that goes on when decisions are being made about who is declared "essential" and who's told not to come in. ;-)

subroc
04-06-2011, 06:37 AM
I work for DOD, actually the US Navy. Our group is generally considered "essential." I did hear (may or may not be true) that a group in another building was informed of the possibility that the shutdown could affect them. We have not been informed similarly.

As far as paid days off: I expect if it is a shutdown one would not be paid. However, I also expect that the DOD/Navy/Govt. would offer personnel the opportunity to use their earned/accrued vacation time (annual leave). It would be virtually impossible (as in against the law) for paid shutdown without spending earned leave or compensatory time.

road kill
04-06-2011, 06:59 AM
Even though the end result will more than likely be paid day(s) off, federal employees are desperately trying to make the case that the work they do is "essential." After all, if your job isn't really essential you are contributing to the wasteful spending that is forcing the shutdown, right? Government workers have been scrambling to prove how important their jobs are with a shutdown looming. Nothing like the bureaucratic infighting that goes on when decisions are being made about who is declared "essential" and who's told not to come in. ;-)

The irony is in which "essential" public employee will decide??:D


HAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!


RK

RedlegHunter
04-06-2011, 01:07 PM
The "Irony" is that with a 2 week CR the Senate and Congress took a week off vacation the week prior to the shutdown when they could have been working on a budget that should have been passed over 6 months ago. What are we paying these folks for. We have service members in combat that don't get a day off and this shutdown could potentially significantly impact their families back home if this goes more than a week.

Gerry Clinchy
04-06-2011, 01:50 PM
Yup ... Congress should not be allowed time off until they get their work done.

Roger Perry
04-06-2011, 02:01 PM
WASHINGTON Warning of economic repercussions, the Obama administration said Wednesday that a government shutdown would halt the processing of tax returns and limit small business loans and government-guaranteed mortgages during peak home buying season. (http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/42380178/ns/politics/)
The administration said that the Internal Revenue Service would suspend the processing of paper tax returns, though it would continue to deal with electronic returns. The Federal Housing Administration, which guarantees about 30 percent of home mortgages, would stop guaranteeing loans.
Social Security and Medicare beneficiaries would continue to receive benefits.
The administration described shutdown planning as congressional negotiators continued to work to strike a deal that sets spending limits through the end of September. Negotiators have until Friday to reach an agreement before triggering a shutdown.

luvmylabs23139
04-06-2011, 03:31 PM
Fannie and Freddie should shut down for good.

luvmylabs23139
04-06-2011, 03:34 PM
I bet the IRS will still have someone opening paper returns and grabbing the checks out and depositing them!
The majority of people who are getting a refund have already filed and gotten their money back.
Procrastinators like me are a small monority.

Cody Covey
04-06-2011, 03:42 PM
Just spoke with my mom who works for the VA and she was informed they would still be required to come into work but would not be paid until government started back up again.