Which agencies were hit hardest by shutdown furloughs?

November 21, 2013
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The furloughs that took place during the recent 16-day government shutdown hit agencies unevenly.

A new graphic from a Web site that describes itself as “a guide to master’s degrees in accounting” shows which employees were affected most.

Among the agencies subject to furloughs, those with the lowest percentages of workers impacted included State, Defense, Veterans Affairs, Homeland Security, and Justice, according to Masters-in-Accounting.com, which borrowed data from the Washington Post and USA Today to compile its numbers.

National Park Service personnel remove the barricades from the World war II Memorial as the government reopens Thursday. (Astrid Riecken/Washington Post).
National Park Service personnel remove the barricades from the World war II Memorial as the government reopens Thursday. (Astrid Riecken/Washington Post).

The agencies that fared worst were NASA, Education, Housing and Urban Development, Education, and the Environmental Protection Agency, each of which sent at least 94 percent of their employees home during the shutdown.

The Federal Reserve and U.S. Postal Service were protected from furloughs because they are not entirely funded by Congress.

Outside of those two agencies, the only jobs that were exempt from furloughs were those deemed by agencies to be necessary for protecting human life and property or to fulfill the constitutional obligations of lawmakers and the president, as well as those that lawmakers agreed to fund during the shutdown.


Image compliments of Masters in Accounting Degrees

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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