The American news media is obsessed with the current story that the federal government might have to shutdown, at least as far as “non-essential” personnel are concerned. If it does, do you think that you will notice? If so, how?
Please remember, this is IMHO and not GD. Poll coming.
You can’t work and not get paid. You may not get paid when you normally do but you can not go to work and ‘volunteer’ your services. OPM has a section on it.
I’m going to notice since I’m a fed, but in some ways I’m looking forward to not having to work. I need a vacation and I have lots of things I will be doing, painting, family history research, swimming and golf. I’ve also saved enough to last a month with little problem.
My wife is a federal worker. We’ll find out on Monday if she is essential or not. We live in DC so until it gets resolved, all non-essential city services are stopped. That means no libraries, no DMV, and no trash pickup.
DC is kind of fucked in that even though the city raises it’s money through taxes, our money gets funneled through the Dept of Treasury so that Congress can funnel it out to us. Even though the appropriations have been approved, DC government is shutdown as well. The good news is that there will be no parking enforcement so I can park anywhere I want.
My husband works for the Dept. of Health and Human Services, so yeah, we’d definitely notice! But he won’t mind if it happens (at least if it doesn’t last too long). We’ve got enough put aside to last us for a while, so it’s not like we’ll be homeless or hungry or anything.
I am a fed, so yes I will notice. As will the equal number of contractors that work at our facility. I am also part of a big, multi-agency project that is set to kick off this weekend after a year and a half of planning. A delay of even just a few days could fuck things up enough that the whole thing will have to be postponed to the fall.
I’m at NIH so it will impact me directly and will make my life very difficult. I just bought a home a few months ago and had to stretch a bit to get it because of the very high cost of living in the DC area, so I don’t have a lot of savings right now. If the shutdown lingers on more than a few weeks, I will definitely be worried about being able to pay my mortgage and other bills.
Unfortunately, I expect this disaster to be just a prelude to what happens next month when the Federal debt ceiling is reached again. And then there is the 2012 budget to deal with a few months after that. It is a difficult time to be a Federal employee!
DC Government IT support here, and somehow I’m non essential so lotsa luck to my fellow constituents when the e-911 system crashes. I hope I’ll be somewhere a phone when they try to reach me for support. And I can’t be called on my mobile because we’re not allowed to touch any government provided tools or resources without an approved budget.
Perhaps the worst part will be not knowing how long the shutdown might last. I’d like to be able to go on a short vacation but with my luck the budget will be approved while I’m on the plane to southeast Asia.