What better way to encapsulate the reality of upcoming furloughs in the federal government than through Peeps?

EPA employee Doug Norton sent us his rendition of what sequestration-induced furloughs will look like at his agency, which plans to close down for one day each around three or four holiday weekends starting this summer and stagger the rest of it 13 planned unpaid days through the end of the fiscal year.

Norton said his inspiration for this homemade two-inch button featuring the marshmallow confection was the proliferation of Peep art.

“With the Peeps package having two rows of five just like a pay period, I thought I’d furlough one peep per package,” Norton said. “We need a poster child for the furloughs, why not Peeps?”