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.
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