Feeling UNCERTAIN: Federal workers’ reaction to looming shutdown

April 6, 2011

The Federal Eye Blog asked federal workers to describe the mood in their department or agency in one word. Many responded with the word “uncertain.”

From an FAA employee:

“Work for most continues as normal. I’m on the management staff (not a mgr) & we’re trying to determine who will be on travel in case of a furlough (what we need to do), who is “essential,” who isn’t, who will be at work. Few employees are asking questions, mostly just the managers (most of whom aren’t essential). I’m in Alaska, so we’re probably removed from the anxiety in headquarters. I personally wouldn’t mind a few days off without leave that I will likely be paid for after the furlough.”

From a FEMA employee:

“As this agency is always preparing for the next ‘disaster’, the potential government shutdown will have a direct impact on the ability to respond quickly and with sufficient personnel.”

From a Defense Dept. contractor:

“The uncertainty is palpable. And I know a lot of people don’t like contractors, but they perform necessary functions that the govies are unable to do. Yet the govies will end up getting back pay after the shutdown (for time they were not at work) while the contractors lose bigtime and will be expected to clean up the mess and catch up all of the undone work after the fact.”

Now we want to know: Is your agency telling you anything about its contingency plans if a shutdown were to occur? Tell us.

And share your response to these frustrated federal workers in the comments below.

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