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The Furloughed File: What’s your experience?

On Monday, civilian workers for the Department of Defense started their 11 days of furloughs.

Some agencies managed to eliminate furlough threats, but Defense workers haven’t been so fortunate. Initially faced with the threat of 22 forced unpaid days, 650,000 Defense staffers now face those 11 days, or a 20 percent pay cut over the next three months.

We’ve heard from some government workers about their frustrations and strategies for dealing with the cuts, and we’d like to hear more, from Defense, or wherever you’re working — or being forced not to work. Are you working alongside a government contractor who doesn’t have to deal with furloughs? Or are you a contractor who may lose a job?

How are you cutting expenses? Do you have a part-­time job, or are you looking for one? What about morale? Are folks chipping in to take additional furlough days to help a colleague facing severe hardship?

And what about the workload? Is that project going to be done on time, or have you decided not to stress, given the circumstances? What do the furloughs mean to government services in your agency? To military preparedness or other issues?

Maybe you’re planning your days around holidays and trying to make the best of it all? Or maybe you’ve canceled vacation altogether?

We’ll run your commentaries for as long as they flow between now and Septem­ber.

We know that for many, it’s going to be a long summer.

Post your Furloughed File (250 words) on the Federal Eye at or e-mail us at



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