IRS employees are among the 800,000 federal employees not being paid. Now, an increasing number of them are being told they must work without pay.
Federal employees required to work without pay during the partial government shutdown are in a twilight zone. They can't stay home. They can't strike. They can't take a second job, if they're working mandatory overtime, such as some correctional officers.
The Combined Federal Campaign funnels federal employee charitable contributions to a variety of nonprofits. After a 40 percent drop in contributions in 2017, it is suffering more because of the partial government shutdown.
Hundreds of furloughed federal employees took their frustrations and anger to the White House on Thursday, demanding an end to the three-week partial government shutdown.
Hundreds of federal employees took a day of classes at American University to help cope with the partial government shutdown. Some federal correctional officers have called in sick, as in sick of the shutdown.
Trump, who has suggested that the shutdown could last months or a year, has displayed woeful ignorance of the plight of federal employees.
Polls show Americans don't favor Trump's wall and blame him for the shutdown. But he persists as federal services and federal employees suffer.
The partial government shutdown is a total government failure brought on by President Trump's demand for a wall and his caving to right-wing media personalities. It is the low-wage federal contractors, who clean federal buildings and work in cafeterias, who will suffer the most.
A veteran Foreign Service family will spend its 13th Christmas abroad in service to their country.
A new GAO report raises serious issues about poor Trump administration planning. That could lead to increased costs.