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Spouse is furloughed federal employee, I work for a company with numerous federal contracts, some fortunately still running under the shutdown. We're okay for now, but how long will it continue and will we have to eat into our savings and retirement accounts with very little time left to recoup?
As an excepted employee, I am working for free.
I'm a federal 'non-essential' employee. So I'm home with no pay. Can't do anything but watch TV - no money. Wondering if I'll have to pay back my unemployment and SNAP when I get all my back pay.
I am a federal employee with a security clearance and a Masters degree. I 've been furloughed since Oct 2. I am supporting a family of 5 on one salary. I filed for unemployment yesterday.
I make use of federal resources pretty much every day,for example, some of the NIST scientific databases. Having the National Science Foundation closed is also problematic.
I've already lost $3000 in takehome pay this year because of the sequester. My mid month paycheck was $1000 less. My agency evidently furloughed the people that send the travel reimbursements. This is stupid.
I'm the breadwinner in my family. My spouse is the stay-at-home parent to our three kids. I cringe when others tell me via social media that I should "enjoy this vacation" since I'm supposed to be getting backpay when I eventually return to work. But when is eventually? The bills don't stop.
I own and operate a dogwalking company in the DC area. Over half of our clients are federal employees many of whom are furloughed. If they don't work, they don't require our services. It is definitely impacting our business on a daily and long term basis.
I'm a federal contractor and breadwinner for my family. I've been told I cannot report to work and being forced to take unpaid leave until the shutdown is over. No retro-pay for me either.
I am an FAA employee who is still working. But my paycheck today was 60% of normal. And I don't know when I'll get paid next. I'm also limited in what I can accomplish because so many of my colleagues are on furlough. I'm feeling more job stress than I've felt in many years.
In Philadelphia, my toddler, my wife and I are frequent the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge at TInicum -- beautiful open trails and water that are a haven for geese, egrets, heron, ducks and a host of other birds. It may seem a small thing, but for thousands Philadelphians, it's a daily escape.
I'm a single mother and work for the federal government. I had some $ put away in savings but the bills don't stop. I don't know what to do. I am trying to apply for unemployment, but my personnel forms are at the office and our agency didn't disclose its FIC. I don't want to work for govt. anymore
I work for DoD. Although we are (mostly) back at work, there are still daily impacts - things that have been cancelled or postponed, things that are undecided. There is still too much uncertainty in our every day work life.
My FFRDC employer received a stop work order and without a CR they can not pay us at risk. I am on the sideline, involuntarily burning through sick time and if runs into next week then I will run out and go on unpaid leave. This shutdown is unlike the mid-90's shutdown in that there is no CR.
As an army reservist, our schedule for training has been put in limbo based on the shutdown. Already has affected plans for the month negatively.
Spouse is one of the few working at CDC, and we wonder if we can count on end of month pay, and if not, how long we'll have to wait for it.
A large percentage of the real estate sales in my area are USDA or VA. As a realtor, the shutdown has almost shut down the market here!
I am an NIH employee. I am an exempted worker, which means that I come to work, but my salary is on hold until the NIH will be re-financed. But my bills do not wait for the Government.
I am a mortgage broker in Kentucky. I work straight commission. I had three USDA mortgage loans scheduled to close but now they can't due to Government shutdown. I need this money to support my family, not to mention the ripple effect of real estate agents, buyers, sellers, title company, insurance
Furloughed with no idea about the next paycheck. If we do get paid, would rather have worked then sat around and waited. I stopped spending on anything.
Ashford is a tiny gateway community that depends on the visitors of Mount Rainier National Park. Because of the shutdown, the park is closed and businesses are stressed. Many people living here are employed at the park and are now twiddling our thumbs waiting for a resolution. It is frustrating.
My husband and I are both federal law enforcement officers currently working with no pay. We can't survive if this shutdown goes any longer. We had enough to pay some bills this month but barely enough for food. If it goes any longer, we will have to tap into our retirement to pay for necessities.
I have friends delayed on repairs due to the floods that can't get what they need quickly. I have trouble finding the government information my patrons need in the library.
As a contractor, a prolonged shutdown will mean furlough without promise of back pay. I've already started looking for a new job.
I can't get a flu shot from my employer because the supplier is waiting on the FDA for some sort of approval.
I am a dedicated federal employee. I'm very proud of what I do and of the people I work with. We have endured a three-year pay freeze and have taken up the slack during all the hiring cuts, and still we do our best. I want to go back to work!
My spousal visa application has stalled because of the shutdown. I don't know what will happen or when it will be resolved. I'm worried in case something happens to my elderly parents in Ireland because I can't leave the US until the visa is sorted out.
I'm a vet and work for the IRS. No paycheck and possibly no disability check or GI Bill payments. I'm lucky my husband's pay can cover most of the bills but we'll have to take out of our savings to pay some of the bills.
My 18-year-old was scheduled to fly to Denver Oct. 7 to begin 10 months service with AmeriCorps. That was postponed indefinitely, potentially until its next 10-month cycle begins Feb. 2014. If that happens, his "gap year" will be a "gap 18 months" & he'll start college 3 semesters later than usual.
After 18 months with out a job, my friend finally found one. Only to be told that they can not hire her until e-Verify is back up and running as GA requires all employers to use the Federal e-Verify to find illegal immigrants.
1) I'm a fed employee currently not earning a paycheck to help support my family; 2) My wife is a a fed contractor - talk of furloughs at her office leaves us concerned; 3) I issue permits to industry, which is not occurring during the shutdown. Given time we'll see a cascading effect.
As a government worker required to be at work during the shutdown, it definitely affects my decision making process. We can't do some of the normal things we would normally do. In addition, I'll be without a paycheck until they decide otherwise. Have savings but that was for retirement.
With USDA being shutdown, the Rural Development Housing Program is shutdown as well. People are not able to close on their homes because we can not obtain the commitment letters USDA requires prior to closing. Sellers are not willing to wait so people are losing contracts and money for appraisals
I'm employed as a researcher by the FDA. I'm paid through a fellowship offered by ORISE, so I still recieve my stipend. However, most of my colleagues have been furloughed and the facility I work at has been closed. As such, research gorund to a halt.
Goverment Contractor. No pay starting October 21, 2013.
Two family Fed employees. Next week no work for either of us.........
Sixty percent of Alaska is owned and managed by the federal government, and the shutdown has affected not only government employees but those who depend on government services, many of whom live in remote areas and are dependent upon those services.
The government's lack of action has definitely impacted our family. I am an Essential DOD employee. My husband is a retired vet, with a pension and disability, who works for a defense contract company. He is also using the GI Bill to earn his masters degree. We are scared.
This affects me a little in that I have no access to public data that I need to do my job, such as USGS, EPA and Weather Service information. My heart goes out to all of those federal workers who are furloughed. Lets just say if I was in their situation, I would be in trouble.
My wife is furloughed which means 55% of our income is not coming in each pay period. But, years ago we stopped traveling, dining out, or wasting money to make a hefty rainy day fund. So we'll be fine. It's annoying, but we saw this coming and made sound financial choices. That's life.
Both my husband and I work for the National Park Service. If the shutdown continues we will have no income at all. We have a small child. We are very nervous and upset about the way this is all being handled.
Because it affects my community, from neighbors to sandwich makers on the Hill, it affects me. It's bad enough for those furloughed, but there is a long-term trickle down negative for the entire DC metro region's economy. And that's just one shape of outcome.
We are a small government contractor. We just completed the final quarter of the Fed's fiscal year and we have about $300,000 in A/R that is not coming in because of the shutdown. Suppliers want to get paid. I've had to let go of 5 employees so far.
My company is furloughing hundreds of people. Also my son is a furloughed Government employee with three small children who we will be helping financially
Forcing cancellation of the entire US research program in Antarctica, leading to loss of jobs and a huge waste of $. Our ice sheet stability research is halted. Five years of prep and millions of $ for the expedition for nothing. Students are leaving science.
We lost 4 days of work last week due to the shutdown; 40% loss in paycheck this week (bi-weekly). Called back under POMA, but may face further shutdowns since our host facility is running out of money - hard to pay the electric and fuel bill with no money.
I'm unemployed and my husband is a furloughed fed. We have a good savings cushion that should get us through without missing bills, but we've majorly cut back on discretionary spending. Sadly, fertility treatments may be the next thing cut if this doesn't end soon.
My "essential" husband is working, but not getting paid. We cannot pay the mortgage, college tuition for our son and the bills on my salary alone. May have to resort to credit cards at some point.
Federal worker, still working, still collecting bills, but not getting paid.
My firm is laying off staff and furloughing attorneys. We have reduced our expenditures and are potentially facing laying off 92 employees in the next 2 months.
Closure of the Smithsonian museums left my daughter with no day care, because the Smithsonian program had to be shut down when the museums were shuttered. Since my daughter is not Federally compensated, she is working, and has had to pay double for day care. Grandparents are also helping.
I am a contractor and because of this shutdown, my contract was not renewed and will expire on Oct 31 which will leave me without future income to support my family. Congress- I need for you to pay my mortgage, electric, and food bill and also pay for my child to have her daily meals at school.
I'm a federal employee and single parent with no other source of income. I still am required to work, but don't know when I'll be paid. I just bought a home last month and used almost all my savings for the down payment and furnishings and don't know I'll be able to make my first payments.
Non-refundable plans to attend a NASA conference in Houston had the be scrapped last minute as the NASA budget was nuked. We're not scientists, but the conference was relevant to our jobs. The modern world is much more inter-connected than the GOP believes. We're not living in 1955 anymore.
Luckily, I work for a funded agency. But many friends are furloughed, agencies that I work with are closed, businesses around me are closing early, my son's school trip to the zoo was cancelled, and the general mood is depressing.
Small business owner / government contractor. We delivered our product to the USG and paid our vendors. The invoices to the USG are past due since the finance officer is furloughed. Payroll is due on 10/11.... More concerning our overhead is rising due to the on again/off again new normal.
I am a furloughed government employee. I broke my ankle 3 weeks ago. Going to work was the one thing I could do to feel productive. I can't put any weight on the leg, so I am limited in what I can do around the house. I am trying to keep my spirits up, but it's hard.
Because this is a military-populated region and the military is not working and not spending, there is a huge trickle-down effect. Companies throughout the entire region have suspended hiring. Yet another roadblock in my job search.
Haven't NASA's employees been through enough already? The grossly scaled back local workforce now has to endure a shutdown. You'd think our local Congressman, Bill Posey, would have thought this through but clearly he did not.
I work for a community action agency providing services to those in poverty. We rely heavily on federal funding - closed off since the shutdown. We're using savings to pay employees and provide services. If the shutdown isn't over by the end of the month, me and 23 coworkers will be laid off.
Both spouses federal employees (USDA). Eliminating savings and selling belongings to meet monthly expenses. Applying for part time work. Shutdown has also interrupted critical data collection related to agricultural research. We are champing at the bit to return to work!
As an employee of a small business who is a federal government contractor, this shutdown effects my very livelihood. While "civil servant" federal employees will get back pay, I will not. I am essentially donating my life's savings for Congress to play politics.
My husband and I both work for federal agencies and we are considered "essential." We have 3 children and no income and cannot collect unemployment. So far, not one of our creditors is willing to allow a late payment. They have said "too bad."
I'm excepted; I work w/o pay or unemployment and can't take a temp job. We are a one-income family, and deferred the purchase of a car and a condo this month, so several local businesses lost out. If the govt is funded for only short periods, we won't incur any new debt; uncertainty is too risky.
Being a contractor I only get paid if I'm working and there is no work to be had. I would change jobs but being a career federal contractor there are no better options. The government employees get paid yet those that support them and the government projects get nothing. No such promises or support
I am a fulltime Federal Employee that works for NASA LaRC. I have been furloughed since it started on 10/1. My bills keep rolling in but the paychecks have stopped. Mortgage companies and bill collectors are cutting no breaks for us. How are we supposed to survive this mess???
I had to park 1/4 miles away from Valley Forge Nat'l park in order to go biking in the park, as its parking lots were blocked off with caution tape, orange cones, and a 9" x 6" paper explaining the effects of the gov't shutdown on the National Parks.
I am a contractor supporting DoD. We are unable to work while company and employee's absorb costs of shut down. Morale is lowest I have seen in over a decade. My savings can get me through, but not others.
After a decade pursuing advanced degrees in science, and accruing large student debt, we'd finally lined up good jobs to use that education. But they're government jobs, and the entire process to start the jobs is being held up while we're already committed to moving out there. It's scary for sure.
As defense contarctors, we are going on furlough starting Monday 14 October
As a contracted HHS employee I am not allowed to work (to obligate the federal government). The real stinker of it all is while we have savings and second income to cover this period is that as contract staff, I will not be reimbursed when it's all over.
My colleagues providing veterans' services aren't being paid. My students with financial aid issues aren't able to register for classes.
I'm a federal employee and Air Force veteran already living check to check like so many others. I'm also a single mother of one. This whole situation has gone from bad to worse in such a short period of time. This can't be life. Death seems like a much more pleasant option than this...
I work with federal agencies on a daily basis (not as a contractor), and the continuity of government information and contacts is necessary for my non-profit. Our entire industry would be completely different without our federal partners.
Federal Employee family of 5 in a single income family. 2nd time in 6 months that I am furloughed. This is day 22 of the government shutdown for me 11 due to sequester plus 11+ due to shut down. Considering leaving government work...
I am a government employee whose immediate job and paycheck have been put on hold.
I am a furloughed forester. We also had to shut down several loggers which are now without work. The millowners are hurting too. No firewood permits for the public. This is when people cut wood for winter. This affects the basic daily survival of many families.
My "essential" husband is working without pay. We have to cover benefits out-of-pocket, and not sure when the next paycheck will come or if there will be backpay. My non-profit relies on government grants and contracts, as well.
My group's scientific research progress has been delayed due to the closure of NASA facilities.
Being a furloughed single mom who lives paycheck to paycheck is a struggle. I've gone thru what little I had in savings to be sure current utility bills and insurance got paid. Not sure how I'm going to pay rent if this doesn't end soon. It's a very stressing.
WV - I am mission essential, so I've been working but not knowing when I will be paid again. Single mother of 3.
Our small beer packaging business depends on SBA loans - and we're looking to expand and employ more people, which is impossible without the loan. Also, Federal TTB approval staff for breweries is furloughed, so our clients cannot get approval for beer labels, which limits potential clients.
2000+ people from our firm are not getting pay checks. It's especially hard on our administrative staff. Our secretary, for example, is a single mom with 3 kids and bills to pay. It's impossible to justify her, her kids and all of our staff being put through this. Thank you- A member of the staff
The sequester and shutdown are killing my company. We are a high-tech company with products that can save US DoD millions of dollars. We had 55 employees before the sequester. We have 32 now. If sequester and shutdown continue much longer, we will be forced to shut down ourselves.
My husband is a contractor who thankfully hasn't been furloughed (yet), but about 75% of his company has. They won't get back pay. We also have fed employee friends who already tightened budgets and dipped into savings because of sequester furloughs, who are now facing it again.
Can not process a passport application.
My wife and I are both federal employees for the Department of Labor. Unless Congress gets itself together, we will have little way of paying our bills and staying financially afloat apart from our savings, which will quickly run out.
Just worked out our budgets though Nov. 15 - half a paycheck this pay period and at this point no paycheck by Nov. 1 - currently over $300 in the whole and seeking delays to monthly payment for car, insurance, credit, student loans, mortgage....
The gov't agency that funds our work treating a disease is threatened - impacting jobs and healthcare in the US and locations overseas.
I'm a government contractor. Right now I am working but, if this shutdown drags on, we might be given a stop work order. That means no paycheck and likely no back pay either. I'm so tired of hearing people say that federal employees and "sleazy" government contractors deserve this.
I can't get to remote government resources for my work, many of my friends and family are furloughed.
I work on federally funded medical research.
I have a $30K deal with a Federal laboratory in Washington state on hold, so it's affecting their ability to do their job, and my livelihood. The Republicans need to bring the clean CR for a vote - let chips fall as they may, but this is getting ridiculous.
No pay checks until this is over. Living on unemployment, after one-week waiting period. Harsh?..
I am a middle-ranked federal employee and recent college graduate. I don't have enough money saved to afford payments towards my $27,000 student loans, rent, food, and the travel costs into work everyday.
I am a contractor for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. All of our projects are on "stop work". Our company makes us take time off with pay (all encompassing for sick leave, personal leave, holidays). I am burning through my time off with pay. While feds will be back-paid, we will not.
I lost a chance to refinance a California property with a much lower interest rate because the Bureau of Indian Affairs was closed and it needed to sign off on certain documents. The mortgage company would not extend the locked in rate.
My wife is a furloughed federal employee, cutting our income in half. But more importantly, as I professor over the past week I've had several discussion with students who say they will now never consider working for the federal government, especially not in the sciences.
I am a single-income household, and a federal employee, now furloughed. Surgical procedures, dental appointments, house maintenance all on hold, until the govt opens up again and my paychecks get straightened out. Not eating out, not shopping at area businesses.
Both of us are government employees.
Work with federal agency stalled until shutdown ends. Buyer with FHA loan can't close until gov't reopens. If FHA guaranteed loan rate expires during shutdown, buyer may get higher rate and no longer afford to purchase my home.
My organization has been unable to pay our partners (teachers) for the work they've done.
Veteran's disability check is most of my income. I'm uncertain about my next check. Lost confidence in all elected officials of the US government.
My S/O works(ed) for NIMH and has been furloughed since October 1. I work in child care and am about to go back to school. I barely make enough money to support myself let alone the both of us. He'll get back-pay, but who knows how long that will take. We have bills now. Plus, he's miserable.
I am being furloughed until funding issues are resolved ... with no back pay because I am a contractor.
I work for a congressionally appropriated non profit. We have had the funds to be open for now, but we don't know how much longer we will be able to stay open, if there would be backpay, and when things would go back to normal.
Furloughed attorney who works for the US Attorney's Office
On a daily basis, traffic, online research (I am a teacher), and budgeting decisions are affected. It will threaten my livelihood if veterans' benefits are withheld for more than a month and we have to dip into emergency savings, something not all veterans and families have been able to establish.
I was called back in under POMA (thankfully). My paycheck is short the days I was on furlough and I did not accrue any leave; reinstatement is not certain. Small businesses in the area are losing $, people are scared and there is no trust or faith in the those we elected as "leaders" SCARY TIMES!
Check to Check, like most folks these days. Furlough put me back even deeper. Dear congress/potus - please work it out, a lot of people are depending on you, and will not forget your actions/inactions come election season.
Our clients are on furlough. We cannot do work that is critical to our Veterans. Team members are on furlough and they won't ever be paid because they are contractors. Congress doesn't seem to understand it affects regular folks. They need to know you cannot win every battle. Compromise!
I am a furloughed Federal Employee
As a federal employee, I have been furloughed. Thus, I have no money coming in.
I am back at work finally, but as a single mom of two with my career with the army being my only income I have not been able to pay ANY bills to ensure I have money for groceries and gas. I have no idea how I am ever going to catch up from this and I have nobody to help me.
clients depending on parks like Pearl Harbor are losing income and not hiring me
Seeing so many co-worker sent home without pay, waiting to see if I will be joining them. NOT spending any money. Looking for work elsewhere in an already saturated job market. Feeling hopeless as the millionaire congress people and senators appear to have no clue or real concern for us.
It has not affected me yet. But I work for a library system which depends on federal funding for some of the services we are able to provide. Any reduction in these services will have a negative impact on my hard working, but poor people in this community.
It has affected not just me but 4 other members of my family who rely on the federal government for the paycheck. I received a partial check today but that means no check in two weeks. Even my dogs are suffering with a cut back on food and treats. This is unbelievable
I'm an intern and being short changes out of the internship I worked so hard to get. I'm losing out on all of the opportunities to prove myself, and am getting cabin fever at this point
I work for a credit union with over $1 Billion dollars in assets, making us the 6th largest CU in WA State. When workers start getting furloughed at the Hanford Nuclear site, we'll experience a drawdown on some of our assets, but not enough that we will get rid of any employees.
I have employees who are scared and angry, they are starting to show the signs of stress in behavior and productivity, as they are so preoccupied with the feelings of insecurity.
I work for State government with 100% federal funding. My pay check is not assured. My office could be shut down at any time.
My paycheck was about 45% short, with no future paycheck in sight. Back pay (while not deserved or expected) is no where in sight either. Because the Navy handled the furlough poorly, I can't even get the HR paperwork that is needed to file fore unemployment.
I'm supposed to fly to the Grand Canyon on Sunday to do a Rim to Rim hike, but will cancel if the GC doesn't open up in the next day or so.
I'm one of the lucky ones. I've been deemed essential.
Full-time federal employee. Partial paycheck this pay period. No more paychecks until the shutdown ends, whether I am allowed to work or not.
I'm working for no pay and my husband is furloughed.
All of my eggs are in one basket. Dual military pension couple with a portion coming from a VA disability. Dual civil service employees.
My husband is active duty Air Force. I'm retired and not sure I'll get my retired pay. However, we are fortunate to have enough in savings to withstand several months. In the mean time, I am cutting out unnecessary things, like trips in the car and eating out. I am realizing savings already.
My husband is considered essential personnel, but is not allowed to take leave (vacation and sick days), making him cancel already scheduled physical therapy sessions and doctors' appointments. Makes no sense since it's business as usual for his dept.
My dad is a government employee and works on the Navy Yard in DC
Projects and technical assistance for farmers and ranchers are halted. Dedicated employees can't work w/ or w/o pay. Many are having trouble making ends meet. Partner agencies may lose staff. Many conservation construction projects are now delayed by over a year.
I work for a private firm with a mix of private and public clients. Our projects for Federal government can't go forward because our reviewers are on furlough. I didn't check "it threatens my livelihood" , but Federal projects are a significant component of the company's workload.
Research my organization publishes has all be interrupted as Federal contributors have gone silent. It also prevents some of our internal research, since we can't access online Federal sources. We scramble to fill voids.
My husband and I are both Government employees working but unsure if and when we will get paid. It is scary to think everything we have worked so hard for could be lost becasue of this nonsence. Our bills will not wait for our Government to come together and make a decision.
It threatens my ability to help provide for my family.
I am a Federal employee. I've been furloughed (which is a nice term for unemployed without a chance to get UI benefits). If a deal isn't reached soon that both sends me back to work and gives me backpay for the days I've missed, we will fall a month behind on our mortgage and other critical bills.
I am a real estate title examiner and my clients are settlement agencies. Their business, and subsequently mine, has just about dried up because no one is buying houses or refinancing their current home. When one in four workers in the DMV area have work hours cut back or are furloughed we die.
I am a DoD employee that has been allowed to return to work. However, the current paycheck is 40% lower than normal. This is coming off the once a week furlough that reduced my pay by 25%. Currently two months behind in house payments and other bills.
Furloughed civilian employee. Wife is between jobs due to birth of child. Baby was premature so significant med bills. Furlough brings us from 1 paycheck - just making it - to 0. Nowhere left to cut.
I am federal employee. I don't have a big savings and have had to drastically alter my lifestyle. It's PB&J's for me. I've also decided to start looking for new work. I am worried that it if it persist a few more weeks it may affect my ability to pay my rent and other bills starting in December
Single mom of 3; federal employee and member of Natl Guard. Both my paychecks have been hit. Savings only go so far when we don't know how long this will last. Still recovering from furlough this summer.
I am a federal employee with no other income, but because of conflict of interest and ethics laws I am unable to find other employment. In danger of losing home.
Worried about my family. I work on Robins AFB and this uncertainty is torture in itself. We all have mortgages, kids, families. Those in DC could care less how their decisions (or lack thereof) affect the common folks.
I am working for free right now, hoping to get paid soon when the government reopens. I am concerned for my employees and how this is affecting them - they are almost all furloughed and each has his/her own story. One just bought a house, one is trying to buy a house, one can't make rent, etc.
No pay until appropriations are restored, no transit subsidy to commute to a job where I'm not getting paid.
I run a small IT consulting business. We are losing thousands of dollars every day in lost consulting hours. Therefore, we have had to reduce hours for some employees while others have been furloughed.
My wife is a fed and has been furloughed. If this keeps going on we'll have trouble paying the mortgage, car payments, etc.
My co-workers and I are currently working for a government IOU, many of us do not know how we will pay our bills and feed our families if we are not paid on time.
So far working with hold over funding. Rumor mill says we have enough funding through Thursday (10/17). I'm fortunate that I have no dependents and a nest egg to draw on that would last for 6 months.
Our research at NIST was abruptly stopped and samples that took months to prepare in anticipation of testing are spoiled. Our research which took us years to initiate and is our livelihood is seriously hurt. Shutdown is a nightmare for researchers as sudden interruption destroys years of planning.
I am concerned I will not be able to pay my mortgage payment, and keep providing for my son who goes to college.
Our clients - all dependent on Federal government funding for their projects - can not pay their bills. It may take months to get paid even when the Government is allowed to get back to work
As a double federal household, we are both furloughed and have no income coming in. We just bought our first house before the shutdown and are in the process of moving. This is the last thing our family needed at this time. We just want to go back to work and serve America.
It effects my entire family...son and his wife moved out of apartment when he was furloughed and moved in with us only problem is I am furloughed also. Govt has totally gone to the dogs.
As a private contractor I am facing furlough since no federal contract money is coming in.
I purchased inventory to sell to the National Park at Mammoth Cave. I cannot sell to them as long as the Park is closed
Work for a government contractor, we are funded until the end of year thankfully. However, my project is delayed and our deadline which is set by the government is in peril.
My wife is the bread-winner as I go back to school. We've had to tap our long-term savings and rely on credit cards to pay bills during the shut down. It's disappointing that the house of reps is willing to jeopardize our livelihood for the purpose of blackmailing the president and the senate.
Reduced paycheck this Friday by half Turned off auto bill on several bills. Stopped monthly TSP deduction. Forgo all discretionary spending Driving only when necessary Not going to restaurants Stopped donations
Contractor. Still working so far. Very nervous and making no big purchases for the immediate future. Feel sorry for the contractors having to use their leave through this. Christmas will not be same this year. Thanks Congress.
Furloughs of county employees with no pay and can't take vacation days
I see it on the news, but my daily life has seen zero effect.
The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory has compiled 25+ years of data on hawk migration using a very consistent set of procedures.The peak of migration is late Sept.-early Oct., so: big gap in our study as Golden Gate National Recreation Area is shut down.
It affects me on a daily basis. I work at the USPTO, and we are not shut down. I live in Georgetown, DC. It has affected all the businesses here, and traffic. My agency has money to stay open for a couple more weeks. But then? We close. Not good.
Working to meet a key deadline on a book project, which is very important to all our contributors. We need to access image source data from NASA -- but the website is down. Students are unable to fulfill requirements because government websites are inaccessible.
I provide training on specialized comm gear used by DoD . My position lost funding & training has ceased. I will be out of work in coming weeks. There will be no training since I'm the only trainer for this kit. Will end up w/ untrained personnel unable to config kit - pretty dumb - costs will rise!
I'm a researcher at Rutgers University who was thrilled to secure multi-year funding from a government agency for my research, only to find out that the servers my work is hosted on it shutdown and my federal TA folks are furloughed. My research simply can't start until the government does.
I'm a state employee but husband is paid by the Feds. Have no idea if he'll be getting paid.
Defense government civilian employee. Was furloughed 4 days and just got my 50% paycheck, decided to be "mission critical" under the "Pay Our Military Act [POMA]" and called back to work. No back-pay till Congress passes an appropriation.
I work for the DOT and many projects are stalled because those in charge or working on peices are furloughed so we can't continue.
I have just finished my research position at a NOAA facility and cannot take the next step in publishing my work - completing an internal manuscript review - because everyone has been furloughed. However, I know I am beyond lucky to be moving to DC for an "essential" position.
I am the sole breadwinner in our family and am now furloughed from the fed gov. Unfortunately our mortgage and other bills will be arriving in days....unlike my paycheck.
As a Government employee working overseas it affets me everyday. It was close to me having to choose "It threatens my livelihood" and it could still turn out that way. Interesting how your map sort of ignores us overseas Gov employees.
I am a private sector employee who does work with lenders and small to medium sized businesses. I understand that lenders have had issues with SBA and HUD approvals in recent days. We are still OK, but in a few weeks? This whole GOP shutdown is depressing, pointless, mean-spirited and stupid.
My husband is the primary breadwinner in our home and is an except federal employee (he is working without pay). We know we'll get that pay someday, but in the mean time, we have cut our spending drastically. And we cancelled a trip for fall break since there is no leave until this is resolved.
~10000 employees at the national laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico facing furlough if things aren't resolved by next week. Unfortunately, still have mortgage, utility bills, car payments to make....
Being furloughed and not paid is very very stressful, and not sure how we will make ends meet. We are at the mercy of these people.
My significant other was furloughed for one week and is now currently working, but when he will be paid is unknown. We counted 11 people on our street here in VA that were furloughed or still are.
I am a furloughed Forest Service employee. This furlough seems to have only really hurt recreationists so far, and those furloughed...the very people who do the work on the ground! And with all of our budget cuts recently and in the future, it won't get much better when we do get back to work!
Federal government contractor. Project work interrupted.
Employee of the federal courts. We are funded until Oct. 17th. After that, who knows if I am essential or not?
I have no income and there aren't temp jobs. We're buying food and things out of the rent money, so if they don't vote us the back pay, we'll be out on the street again. My minimum-wage friend gave us most of his food money so the kids won't be hungry. What are we being saved from?
We were supposed to close on our house this week but since we are using the USDA home loan we are stuck living with family for longer.
I am currently working but we have no idea when we might get paid.
I have had to lay off employees. Accept losses over $ 10.000 per week. Living in a town that is dependent on Yellowstone Park, tourism dollars. We have been dealt blow after blow. First sequester that interrupted our early season. To this pointless shutdown that has destroyed the last month. Thanks!
Metro trains slower, can't hike in National Parks and many friends furloughed.
Our contract with NIH is funded, but with government employees furloughed, there is no one to approve new initiatives in furtherance of the project.
I work for a federal contractor and am furloughed until the government comes back to work. I will not receive back pay even when the government reopens. We have an au pair and I cannot stop paying her even though I am at home.
Our meager savings is being chipped away by the shutdown. Our wedding, scheduled for early November, is now being scaled back with each passing paycheck. I rely on my disability check to cover the mortgage, but with rumors of that being suspended soon, I may have to cancel the honeymoon.
Both my husband and I are federal contractors, and most of our contracts have stopped. Unlike federal employees, we won't receive backpay for missed work.
SSA employee; very small check today after all decuctions & morale stinks.
I provide healthcare to submariners and their families. This is a disgrace.
I am an attorney for the federal government. Because of the shutdown and the uncertainty, my husband and I have had to put off some necessary home repairs and cut our grocery budget by 1/3. If this continues much longer, we are agreeing not to exchange gifts this Christmas and will just do cards.
As a contractor, most employees are nonbillable in what is normally considered our busy season. Raises have been poor due to prior crashes and recession, and now, thanks to the inherent loss of our employees not being billable, we will see low, if any, raises this year as a result.
I am a student at NDSU in Fargo and in order to pass a class I need to compile demographic information daily from the census.gov site that is currently inactive. A large portion of my grade in other classes needs information from other government sites as well.
I graduated college in May and started my first full time job in September, working for a federal agency. I was employed only three weeks when the shutdown began, and had earned just one paycheck.
Had planned a backpacking trip in Great Smoky Mountain National Park, but it looks like we will be going to a Tennessee State Park instead
As an employee of a Federal Law Enforcement Agency, I am working but not getting paid until legislation is passed. I'm unable to take leave and now not accruing leave because of "furlough status" each time you reach 80 hours or non-pay...so it not only affects our pay but your benefits as well.
I was furloughed for a few days and then my status was changed to excepted. I am now back at work, but when I will get paid for this work is a mystery.
I'm an "essential" judiciary employee, facing the prospect of working in a non-pay status after next week. My family is in a better position financially than many federal employees, yet we're not sure how we will manage during a prolonged shutdown.
I'm a government contractor.
Couldn't access census data for research.
husband is working without pay; I was off for a week and now back with pay, fortunately
Half our household income has gone away - at the very least temporarily-we need to put an end to the furlough. It shocks me that as of this moment there are 284 folks who said it doesn't affect them!! WHAT? It affects EVERYONE! The economic impact of the lost salary alone is billions ea day!
As a double fed household, we have no income coming in so we are considering our options. We are not commuting, we are not eating out for lunch, we are not buying our morning coffee at Starbucks. We are spending more quality time together as a family and riding our bicycles.
I have been furloughed. Not only am I not getting a paycheck, but my student loan providers are not granting me a deferment because I " have a job." I got a forbearance, but the interest is compounding. At this point, I am too frustrated to care. What are they going to do? Repossess my degree?
My brother who lives in Maryland is furloughed. He is getting married next week, and has numerous bills related to this event. The loss of a paycheck is stretching and stressing him at a time when he and his partner should be joyful about the ability to, at long last, legally wed.
Furloughed so no money coming in.
Just purchased my first house, and live under the threat of a contractual stop work order- whether Congress has a budget our not.
I am a USG employee working overseas. I am back at work which helps, but who knows where this manufactured crisis is heading. If it was legitimate that would be one thing, but to hold this country hostage to circumvent our laws, while name calling and pointing fingers is the biggest disgrace ever!
I am out of work.
Because the economy is so bad, I am now unemployed. The shutdown and debt ceiling debate are continuing to hurt the economy, and my prospects for finding a new job are getting slimmer every day.
It has essentially shut down my research program at the NIH, which means we are now wasting tax payer money because of lost research. Young post-doctoral fellows are my biggest concern because they are losing faith in the ability of our government to support research, a major industry in the US.
The closing of Olympic National Park in Washington State has affected those of us in aspects of the tourist industry - lodging, restaurants, shops, car rentals, etc. Our business is down by 40%.
El Paso is supported by a large military base and many Homeland Security employees in Customs and Border Patrol. My spouse is one of those agents. I work in education so most of our income comes from her job. We don't have a lot of debt but we worry about paying the mortgage and other bills.
Data data data! I am a urban researcher at the University of Minnesota. My job depends on being able to analyze census data as well as job data from the Federal Government. Research suffers when congress acts like children.
My work as a transportation engineer is at risk of being put on hold, as our firm is unable to research federal government databases or collect local transportation data without reliable travel patterns. Such data is necessary to make informed decisions for transportation planning purposes.
Office is half civilians and the other half military. Civilians came back to work this week, but we still have no funds to do anything.
What people are not hearing in the news, is how this is hurting the families of contractors: federal workers might receive back pay for work they didn't get a chance to do. Federal contractors won't ever receive pay for the work they weren't allowed to do. This permanently damaged our well being.
As a state employee with the Employment Security Department I am federally funded and have been without work and no pay all week. There is no prospect for back pay either as compared to Federal Employees since the Washington state constitution prohibits pay for days not worked.
Having to cancel my upcoming vacation because Shenandoah park is closed. We are losing money on our airfare and disappointed we won't be able to take a trip we've been planning for almost a year.
I'm a single mom, being furloughed with no pay makes it impossible to pay my bills and provide for my son. I'm working anywhere I can to supplement unemployment, which I haven't received yet. I can't even think about Christmas coming up...
Furloughed DoD employee.
I'm recently divorced, so there's not much I savings. As it is I have no cable TV , a small car payment, and decent rent. All of that is in jeopardy if I continue to not get paid. I have no worries about not eating, but it's the bills that keep coming. Which ones to I NOT pay?
We cant go to work
I am working for no pay. Have a mortgage and bills like everyone else. My heart goes out to people that live paycheck to paycheck. This self-induced crisis is the last thing America needs.
Cutbacks and freezing of federal research funding have made leading-edge university research next to impossible. When awards aren't made, experts & staff aren't hired, students leave and world-class research ends up done outside the US.
I am a Federal employee/Law Enforcement Officer that must come to work. I have been sick for 3 days and can't take sick leave without risking putting myself in furlough status. I am creating bills by coming work and buying lunch or through my child's daycare. The reality of no income is depressing.
If this shutdown continues I will be unable to pay my bills.
I'm not getting paid/working for an IOU. I may foreclose on my house if I can't figure out where to get a steady paycheck from. I may wind up leaving the federal govt because of this.
loss of pay and leave, increased stress and anxiety
As a DoD employee I was lucky enough to be recalled to work after only 3.5 days. However many of our work processes that rely on other Fed agencies are being hindered daily. Also, those Fed employees still on furlough including 2 family members are getting very nervous about their personal finances.
My spouse is furloughed.
I am a federal employee on furlough. Despite what those on the outside say, it is not a "vacation" which they should want. It is unsettling, and causing anxiety. It makes no sense. It is not good business and absolutely not good governing.
I work for the District of Columbia Gov't AND I live here -- Our local dollars paid for by the residents of the City NOT FEDERAL DOLLARS can not be spent when the Feds shut down. This threaths schools, trash pick up, public safety and people's livelihood.
No pay = No life
I am the primary financial provider for our family of four. My last paycheck was less than half of what it should have been; it is unknown when the next check will arrive. I am forced to work for free or lose my job, but cannot seek outside employment as there is no one in my agency to approve it.
I know people who are affected by the shutdown, people I love. There are children in a school near me who are not receiving their Free and Reduced Meal plans at school.
Mainly regarding the uncertainty, although my grant writing business has just been restricted, because there are no Federal grants available.
Our income is cut in half. Our healthcare is through the government. What would we do if we didn't have savings? What are young people with children in daycare doing? I don't understand how Congress thinks hurting my family is okay.
Not getting paid and still going to work. Sure be nice if I knew when my paycheck is going to come in. Oh well. 'MURICA!
I have been unable to complete research for a time sensitive project for my employer because federal websites - like USGS - are inaccessible.
Furloughed single mother, hoping this gets resolved before my savings run out
It hasn't affected me yet, but if continues and GSA/FAS runs out of money, then I will also be furloughed with no pay.
Stress and uncertainty ...
This shut down threatens my livelihood. I am a single person with a mortgage plus bills...can't buy gas to drive to work if there is no payday !
My husband had not been about to report to work and is going stir crazy while having anxiety about not receiving a paycheck. He desperately wants to get back to work and back to his job as a scientist making a difference in peoples lives!
As an Government employee, no work, no pay.
I'm active duty U.S. Air Force at a major command and work with an amazing, hard working military and civilian team. Our civilians have stuck with us through years of hiring freezes, salary freezes and now furloughs. They deserve stability for the commitment and tremendous value they contribute.
I am a student partially dependent on my parents, who are both furloughed federal employees. Additionally, several national parks in the Greater New Orleans area are of course closed, hurting tourism in the region, as well.
I'm lucky enough to still be working as a contractor for the State Department. I'm working now, but if the shutdown lasts for more than a week or so from now I'll likely be furloughed. Except as a contractor I won't be eligible for backpay and will exhaust all my paid leave.
Want to get get back to work. Too much good work to be done for the American people.
Of our circle of friends and family, we know of five families that have been furloughed. Our family livelihood depends on work from government contracts and the financial industry. Both industries are in jeopardy because of the chaos the Republicans in congress have created.
My firm has some government contracts, and while those are on hold at the moment we have other work that keeps us busy and paid.
I'd say my stomach is in knots due to the prospect of no income. My husband, the federal employee, would say he's got things to do, and just wants to get back to work.
I'm losing money and still have to go to work.
Critical business is delayed.
I know of people who clean the capitol building who are without a paycheck today, with small children, and no extended family to help them out. Don't these congressmen have any respect for the people that work for them? Their only concern is their personal political gain.
Both my husband have been furloughed. This means we are no longer eating out, and are working to cut other bills. I expect the changes to our spending habits will be permanent since there is every reason to believe congress will shut down the government again next year.
working for a Government contractor our normal operations are affected by the shutown. Some people at the organization are furloughed starting next week and hole organization can be furloughed soon if there is not solution
We are owed 20k on unprocessed travel vouchers for our intern'l federal move. We have no furniture b/c they have frozen our HHG shipments and will not move them. Our renters in VA are not able to make rent because they are also federal employees. We will be living on credit cards next week for food.
Both my husband and I are furloughed so we have no income coming in at all
disabled vet retired fed employee
access to government sites and services
National parks, historic sites closed. My work with Army Corps of engineers on hold.
As a state employee, I work closely with federal partners on a wide variety of projects where state and federal issues intersect. My agency make progress in areas of shared work efforts - some projects are on hold.
Currently forced to work without receiving compensation, as my line of work is "excepted" (life saving, protecting the National Airspace System). Vote them all out!
I'm a govt employee who has not been furloughed yet because our appropriation is a revolving fund. That money is about to run out. If they don't open up the govt soon thousands more will be affected.
I am labeled an essential employee so I show up to work and I am not currently being paid. I am not allowed to take leave and if I agree to be furloughed I may not be paid for the time I am not at work rather than using paid leave. I have bills that need to be paid monthly, and this effects me daily
It hasn't affected me yet. But I am nervous for everybody who is effected.
My wife is a federal employee and her agency's accounts are about 2 weeks behind. So ... she's working overtime to finish a big project before her furlough hits. Kind of ironic? And many friends who have been furloughed by sequester are having to bear more financial hardship.
I am a federal contractor at the USEPA Environmental Research Laboratory in Corvallis, OR. The shutdown means I can't work, and I will use my remaining vacation hours then go on unpaid leave.
vacation to death valley and the grand canyon that we have been planning for months is off. but i consider that a minor inconvenience compared to losing a salary or not being able to access WIC to feed your kids.
Uncertainly affects everything, whether one is furloughed, or whether one is trying to plan for paying for college.
I'm a reservist and we can't do our jobs.
My husband is furloughed, he's our only income
I have stopped being paid for a job I continue to do.
We have less access to medical care, because the doctors we use are being furloughed; we also lack consistent support from other agencies in which we rely upon to provide our intelligence and reporting to national policy makers
I'm furloughed. My wife is working. But, with large cut in income we stopped buying anything but food (which we cut down on too). Postponing or not replacing items; just fried toaster, no new glasses or Dr.s visits....ugly civics/economic lesson for kids. Bad for economy & X-mas will be be dismal.
I'm a musician and my band is losing work because of the shut-down. It seems like a luxury to have music at events (and perhaps it is) but this is nearly my whole source of income.
Shorter trains on the metro are a pain. Slightly fewer cars on I-270.
It threatens my livelihood. I am a federal worker. How am I going to pay my mortgage?
My husband is a furloughed contractor at an federal agency that has been shut down. I work, but my salary does not cover our mortgage. If this goes on much longer, we are going to have to dip in to our savings to survive.
I am currently working 6 days/wk without pay. I am in the process of taking out a loan so that I can make my first mortgage payment. I went into public service because I wanted to help make this nation a better place to live. I never thought things would come to this.
Submission of scientific research papers is delayed in some cases due to submission requirements fulfilled by US Government-run websites that are currently out of service due to the shutdown.
We receive federal funding to run our youth development programming. We are currently waiting for a reimbursement for our summer programming as well as funding to continue our programing.
Funding for scientific research and the ability to interact with program officers at the National Science Foundation has been completely interrupted. This has slowed progress on research we are doing.
Taking away business; use federal grounds to put on events and everything is getting cancelled or postponed.
We are a dual-federal employee family. We have no income right now. We are worried, stressed, and anxious. Please put us back to work now!
$48 left after this months bills. On hold with unemployment as I type.
I don't have a paycheck, but still have to go to work. Considering unemployment if that's allowed.
Cutting back on all expenses, postponing doctor visits, stopped buying anything except staples. The poor small businesses in my community are suffering too.
The stress - started during last year's shutdown threat - has been intense, the rhetoric demoralizing. But the most painful impact is abandoning infertility treatments, due to employment uncertainties and costs... I chose govt. employment for stability, and now deeply regret that choice.
My husband is a furloughed government worker, I am a high school teacher who does not make near enough to cover our mortgage and childcare expenses, let alone daily living needs. It has altered all of our plans for the holidays and has delayed a much needed purchase of a newer car.
I have been furloughed since the government shutdown was announced. I received about half of what I normally would have made this payday, and if the shutdown continues for another two weeks, I will receive nothing when the next payday comes.
We went from a 2-income family to a no-income family as a result of the shutdown. I work for a federal agency and should eventually receive back pay, but my wife works for a contractor and will not--their survival is now in jeopardy. And then there's the larger impact on our "nonessential" programs.
Cannot attend educational programs in Acadia National Park because they are cancelled. Can't do research with government websites down.
I work at Glacier National Park and am the main bread winner. Not having work to go to, not having a second time job to go to, has hurt this family of 5. With bills coming due and no checks coming in, I fear what will happen if the Gov does not reopen.. and I pay we all get back pay.
My employer provides diagnostic testing for cancer patients, many of whom are covered by Medicare
I am one that was deemed perfered, meaning I had to report to work. I perform not only my current position, but those of individuals that are vacationing at home with the knowledge that they will be paid. I don't need to panic just yet, I have a half a paycheck just like every one else.
No work = no pay. No savings = bad, really bad
I work for a unit of the National Park Service. I only make around 26k a year, and that doesn't go far in Santa Fe NM. My bills are still coming in, but not my pay. I am going in debt and it will cost me, even if we do get back pay, plus my work will be waiting for me when we do go back.
Delayed business, cancelled conferences, cancelled meetings.
Both my husband and I work as scientific researchers for the Federal government (EPA & CDC). We are both on furlough and have no income at present.
I'm excepted, which means working w/o pay for now. Getting a half paycheck on the 15th and then no more until this ridiculous mess is over. Congress should be ashamed, but they aren't. Looking for another job-tired of being disrepected, cheated, underpaid, overworked and now given a worthless IOU.
Working for free as "essential." Those furloughed don't work, but get paid anyway. Who invented this system?
My wife, daughter and I are all employed by the federal government. My wife and I are both essential and are working. We have been told we will be paid, but not until after the shutdown has ended. Our daughter is furloughed and might get paid. How do we pay our bills in the meantime?
It creates a sense of uncertainty and fear for those of us who are retired and dependent on our fixed incomes. This is not a responsible way for the country to handle its obligations. I fear we may never again be able to work out our differences in a mature and civil manner
I am a graduate student who has an assistantship through the NPS.
Furloughed civilian supporting the Navy's ships and submarines, brought back and now payments benefits and morale is in disarray.
I won't get paid until it ends.
I am a retired CSRS federal employee, completely dependent on my monthly retirement annuity for mortgage and bill paying and health insurance.
Furloughed single federal employee. Next paycheck will be 1/2 normal and will just cover bills with nothing left for expenses after that. The next paycheck after that will be 0 and who knows how long after that. Just applied for a loan against my retirement account. Wish I'd done it awhile ago.
I decided to sign up to serve in Americorps. I should have flown out to Sacramento on the 9, but with the shutdown no one knows when or if the program will be able to start, and I don't know if I can start college at Georgia Tech next year in time if it is delayed. Plus, I've quit my job.
Furloughed - not able to pay bills.
Cannot use NP for photography workshops.
I am a graduate student who works with census data (from the census website and on-the-map). Both of these websites had shut down, however they have reopened in the last few days.
Unfortunately It has affected me as I am a newly hired Intern with the Federal government. I will only get half a check to survive on which is only $600. This is a devastating blow to all who serve. After 3 tours to Iraq I am sad to say I fought for an America such as this.
Potential Furlough of mine and my husbands jobs
Essential employee. Working and don't know when the next paycheck will show up. Fortunately, we have enough savings to get by for a while.
Worked for the USFS as a seasonal and got laid off early and additionally had to move out of the governmental housing early.
Contractor in support of a gov't agency. Since they are not working, we are not working.
My husbands employer didnt pay him for 3 wks had to go through dept of labor to get paid legal action has to be taken which put us behind on bills. Just when he was about to receive chks and late fees dol was closed due to shut down.
Salmonella chicken from diseased plant purchased at local costco
Federal contractor that will be furloughed next week.
My VA Education benefits are at risk, which not only pays for my training but is also my only source of income at this time. I was laid off last summer and barely getting by as it was. Now this! Republicans playing games with people's lives...disgusting!!
I'm a government contractor. It has made us all anxious, insomniac, nervous wrecks, including federal people we support. It's distracting & keeping us from doing our best work. In process of shutting down big projects; furloughs next week. Peasants Unite, march on the Hill!
NASA employee who is not getting paid. Will be difficult to pay bills in November.
Unaffected utility worker. Many in my town are federal workers, so the long term effects remain to be seen. Certainly congressmen aren't hurting from these games.
I am not getting paid, but yet still have to report for work as a Fed LEO.
I am a nonessential federal employee and have therefore been furloughed. I am having dental issues that I cannot afford to get fixed because I am not receiving a paycheck, (nor do I have dental insurance). I only have enough money to pay for the essential bills and food.
Work daily with a federal agency, the stress being placed on its employees - for what? To satisfy a few wealthy campaign donors? Casino owners? A battle amongst 100 wealthy donors to the detriment of ordinary people. The American way? Can't wait to see what special interest laws/regs get passed.
I had a job lined up with a government contractor for the epa now its on hold
Contract payment not processed. Can't pay subcontractors and work effectively.
If the shutdown continues, we will not be able to visit National Parks in Oregon. If Federal Funds are delayed too long, then my pay may be affected.
My spouse is a federal employee. We have been able to cover our current expenses and we should be OK through the end of October, but we don't know when the paychecks will continue.
I work in government. I have been trying to buy my first home and now all of that has been put in jeopardy as we cut back, eat ramen, and pray.
I am a scientist. My lab is closed and my experiments are on hold. I am not allowed to submit research papers that have already been written to scientific journals. Moreover, as a contractor, I have no assurance that I will receive back pay like federal employees.
furlough gov employee with rent and other bills to pay
Fed employee. not getting paid
It pains me every time I think about, for example, the cafeteria workers in our building who are not Feds and will not be paid for the time the gov't is closed.
I am a disabled veteran, and rely on monthly payments to survive. If this keeps up, I won't make it much longer.
I am an EPA employee. No pay, no clear idea when/whether I will work again. Sixty-three - too old to be hired for other work.
I am furloughed Federal employee
We will alter our vacation plans to the Southeast U.S. We had planned to visit National Park sites but will have to either cancel plans or change our itinerary.
I work in Regional Planning and rely somewhat heavily on census data. Depending on the project, I am either immersed in data or peripherally utilizing data. Work on a project in particular has halted due to the inability to access basic census data for the community.
I help software professionals find new jobs, and my job is made difficult when the employees I'm placing have stalled immigration work statuses.
First time homebuyer (via USDA RD loan) was ready to close on a house this weekend and can't until USDA processes the paper work. Everything was lined up and ready to go...
My husband has been furloughed since 10/1, and I will be furloughed by 10/15.
Suspended paycheck, but have savings to carry me through until we get back pay.
Loss of income civilian military
I am a scientist at a Dept of Energy lab, which makes me a contractor. We are running out of carry-over funds and will soon have to begin furloughing employees. Collaborators at other government labs have been furloughed, affecting our ability to work together.
Closed parks, museums; colleagues furloughed and can't attend meetings or do work; websites needed for research down.
While I work for the Courts, and we are funded through the 17th, the cloud hanging over us about the 18th and onward has caused us to drastically cut back on spending in preparation for the possibility that come early November I may not get a paycheck.
Federal agencies to support transportation projects and contracts have stopped payment. I cannot access data from Federal websites.
Loss of income.
I'm a furloughed federal worker so at the moment I have no job and no income.
Furloughed Federal Employee. Loss of income. Not allowed to take a second job (still employed by gov) because it still has to be approved through Ethics.
Federal contracting officer for health facility construction, maintenance and repair contracts for Native Americans - contracts continue but the small businesses that were awarded these contracts are not getting invoices processed and may have issues meeting payrolls and payments to subcontractors.
A furloughed EPA staff member for Research Triangle Park, NC.
Lots of time planning for a possible furlough at our Federally-funded solar observatory
Lost wages, lost morale, lost investments, lack of self esteem
My son has been furloughed from his job with the USFS since 10/1. i will be furloughed by 10/18 if no resolution. We have no other source of income.
I am a federal government contractor and we have been furloughed two days a week. We will not be getting back pay for the furloughed time. We are also furloughed the week between Christmas and New Year's.
I work for the federal government in Louisville, KY and I will be receiving half a paycheck for a full two weeks of work.
After our next (AND LAST) SCHEDULED paycheck (halved) we have very little savings to carry us through. We have borrowed from our retirement to pay for our son's college education.
Working with no pay as a federal govt employee - excepted.
Unpaid, uncertain whether I eventually will be. Wasting time looking for a back up job and unemployment benefits, that may or may not be needed. Tons of work piling up that will need to be done all at the same time; it's not as if we can work 16-hr days as we get back to make up for lost time.
my small business consulting work for DOE has been cancelled due to furloughed staff that are not around for me to work for (who used to do work to benefit all the people of this Country in reporting valuable energy data)
I am a licensed therapist who sees emotionally disturbed middle school children at school. My practice is 100% Medicaid funded. If the shutdown continues into November, my private company, a government contractor essentially, will not have the money to pay me.
Services I use have furloughed staff
For the citizens of Estes Park, ravaged by recent floods, one of the two remaining roads accessing the town goes through Rocky Mountain National Park – closed. The two survives on tourism, and the Park is a big draw. So triple hit – flood, limited access, blow to economy. And flood relief? No.
I am a furloughed federal employee in an area that relies heavily on Department of the Interior managed lands. Te entire community and its economy has been crippled by the shutdown.
I am a furloughed federal employee who manages a research program of 18 scientists and 20 professionals. My people are on furlough and their critical research is suspended under the furlough. Few can afford the layoff. In my household as we consider how we will continue to pay our bills.
Half a paycheck for all 42 employees that work in our department.
My husbands this so breadwinner. He works for contractor. He's essential personnel so he has to be there. But they're not paying him.
We are both on low fixed Social Security income, living from day to day. We are terrified that our checks will be delayed, that we won't be able to pay our bills, that we won't be able to buy food or our medicines, and that the social safety net will not be there for us if we need it. We could die.
All of us are affected though some are unaware. Gov't contractors can't be paid, science research funding is stalled, and all of the unpaid salaries mean people can't afford to make payments such as rent. Far right republicans oppose a tax on medical devices-well open the gov't and repeal the tax.
Federal employee, Army National Guard soldier, and VA disability payee. None of those paychecks are coming this month.
Being furloughed is affecting my ability to stay current on my mortgage, utility bills and student loan payments. Stop the madness!!!!
I am a civilian attorney who works for USMC at Camp Lejeune, NC. I am a single parent and this is my ONLY source of income. I was furloughed last week and although I am back at work this week, I will NOT receive back pay for the time I was furloughed because I am NAF (non-appropr. funds).
I'm working at my federal job, without getting paid. I have a rainy day fund that will see me through a while longer, but then things become desperate. I have two masters degrees and work full time, and yet I may have to ask my retired parents to help pay my mortgage in another month or so.
It has made me cut all non essential expenses. It will also eliminate my plans for travel for the holidays and purchasing gifts.
Work at my job (govt contractor) is slow, and I've had to use vacation pay to cover my down time. If the shutdown continues, I will have to stop working entirely and will eventually run out of vacation pay and then will have to take leave without pay.
Our town of Estes Park Colorado has been devastated by a September flood. Our radio station KREV-LP 104.7 FM applied to the FCC for a move to broadcast to the whole area emergency and flood recovery information. That permit is being held up by the FCC closing down.
Funding sources for research have been locked up or made uncertain, and invited experts in the field have cancelled their trips. Communication is vital to the advancement of science and it is currently an extremely difficult situation.
Poss loss pay and no commissary
Furloughed federal worker. Anxious about the backlog of work that I will have to deal with on my return.
With the Los Alamos National Laboratory starting to make progress on shutting down next Friday, the entire town of Los Alamos will be a dead zone.
I am a furloughed federal worker.
I was supposed to PCS this month. Now I have little saving left and I have no idea when the move will take place. I still have expenses associated with the move but my income has been hit by last FY's furloughs and not this partial pay.
The shutdown has affected me in my GUT! I have three children I am supporting and a wife. We worry about food, utilities, mortgage, credit, college tuition, fees and related bills. I am retired on a fixed income.
I'm a federal employee since 1985. I chose to work for EPA because of my love for the environment and public service. We need to be working to do our jobs better, not locked out and unpaid. I hope for a real solution to help us move forward together. No more kicking the can down the road.
Well, I got surgery for breast cancer on October 1st, and I'll be going through chemo or radiation in a couple of weeks. The bills are starting to piled up. I have a mortgage, and credit card bills to pay. I'm single, and I don't have family in the US. I'm going through this all by myself.
My writing business has had to suspend several thousand dollars a month in writing contracts for government required verification. Issues with tax reporting has me in a stalemate until IRS opens up. I have to pay thousands I don't owe, until IRS is back up to modify accounting errors.
Excepted Government Employee - working with no pay - Next paycheck will reflect a partial pay of salary for 6 days of pay instead of 10. Not sure when I will get another paycheck and be able to pay my bills after this paycheck.
I'm a federal employee and I found out a week ago that my wife is pregnant with our first. I'm lucky to be working, albeit without pay for now, but how long can I work for free before I have to quit and look for employment elsewhere? Congress, please do your job, or forfeit your pay and position.
I work at the Post Office, so the shutdown hasn't affected me, yet.
As a scientist I must meet deadlines external to NASA, so I have worked continuously through the furlough preparing proposals and scientific papers. But my travel to lecture at foreign universities and conferences has been cancelled at the very last minute. No wonder the US is falling behind........
I was supposed to begin working as a postdoc at NIH on Monday. The hiring cycle occurs every two weeks. Now I might not start work until the 21. And I won't receive back pay since I am not technically a furloughed employee yet. Losing 2 weeks pay after just moving to an expensive new town hurts.
I am a federal employee supporting a spouse in graduate school with student loans of my own to pay. Even if I get back pay, paying the immediate bills will be a significant challenge. One of the reasons I was attracted to this job was because of its "stability."
Living and working in DC Metro area. Daughter of a federal contractor, friends with many feds, and employee of a startup contracting company. Lucky enough to have a cushion, but exposed enough to feel empathetic to the effects. Trying to help out where I can through volunteer work.
contractor support personnel furloughed non-uniformly by DoD customers
I have been called back to work but the furlough has cost my daughter, my sister, my other federal colleagues 50% of their income. This will have a huge ripple effect. I am at work but the agencies I interface with are not so we are at a standstill.
I am not a federal employee but I work at a daycare on a federal EPA campus. The daycare is closed because of the shutdown- that's 200 children yanked out of school and 50 employees out of work without pay. And we won't get back pay. Its a huge financial blow to all of us with no end in sight.
Because I have been furloughed, it affects me greatly through lost income. I've had to stop all spending and am now trying to figure out how to pay for recurring expenses.
Concessioner inside the Grand Teton National Park. Had to close down our hotels early.
Town of Estes Park, CO located near entrance to Federal park, Estes Park. We DEPEND on fall tourism, and this year, because of shutdown, this traffic no longer exists! Devastating to our community.
at work but not getting paid - feeling horrible for my employees
Household has 2 federal employees, 1 is a veteran. Already had 6 DoD furlough days in FY2013, now 13 shutdown days in FY2013. If budget is not passed by 10/18/13 (end of pay period) then zero $ for next paychecks (both). Military retirement pay + VA disability pay for November also uncertain.
I'm working a part-time second job.
federal employee -- direct loss of income
Our company sells products to federal government agencies, but a smll percentage of our sales
We are in a class at an aviation school facility. There are 18 of us, international students, who can not take an exam because the FAA is also shutdown. It will mean we have to spend a lot of money coming back to the US to do the exam when everything reopens
We are in the process of purchasing our first home. We've signed a contract to close by Oct. 17. But, in spite of the fact that we've received conditional approval on our USDA-guaranteed mortgage, we're unable to move forward until the shutdown ends because the USDA is closed. It's making me sick.
I work for the federal government here in the DC area as the sole provider for my household. Obviously, therefore, the shutdown is impacting us quite directly.
So far still working. If not resolved by 10/18 will be on unpaid furlough. Even though people remain at work, no body is actually getting anything accomplished, too worried about loosing our jobs.
Could not do my annual camping trip to Cataloochee due to shutdown of Park. I am owed a refund of $500 from the Government which cannot be processed. My retirement accounts are going down in value.
Will not be getting paid but must report to work. Can't take anytime off even for doctors or dentist appointments unless it is an emergency. Even then you need a note for doctor like you were a little kid needing a hall pass to use the bathroom.
I live in DC. The District's ability to allocate funds and run itself is directly impacted by the federal government's shutdown. As a result, my community is being under-serviced, which impacts everyone indirectly and many individuals directly.
furloughed federal employee. One of the excepted ones....
I work for a private university in DC and it is being affected in various ways but my job is not in danger. My roommate works for the DoD and was furloughed for a week but went back after a week. The only difference to me is positive - the metro is less crowded and I can find a seat now.
I am a retired Fed who was back on contract to the government. No work means no pay. And I will not get back pay like my colleagues who are feds. This is a permanent loss of earnings.
Contract is affected
My spouse is furloughed. Thankfully I'm not and we can get by on my pay at least temporarily.
Family of 4 ... Fed worker and service contractor to Fed ... enough said.
I'm a private consultant who does a lot of work for DC City agencies, some funded from the Federal level. I've had stop work orders on some projects and have been told there will be significant payment delay on others.
My company has several projects with government agencies. We have had to stop work on these projects since there is no approved money for the new fiscal year. We've had to shift personnel, modify projections, and have no idea when we can resume work on major projects.
loss of 50% of our household income
A week off without pay so far. What's worse is not knowing what the next crisis will bring. We've been in crisis mode for three years now. It makes federal jobs not nearly as attractive as they once were.
Starting next month, I will not receive my VA educational benefits and will not be able to afford rent and other necessities. Of more immediate concern, my ability to conduct research has been significantly hampered as many federal resources are closed.
Husband is a contractor at NASA. We have my income to fall back on, but I make significantly less than he normally does. Just purchased our first home in April 2013. No remaining savings due to unexpected expenses prior to shutdown.
My husband is furloughed from both his civilian job and reserved job. We already lost two paychecks this month. Even though we drastically adjusted our spending, we are still short in covering normal months obligations. Savings is already depleted and wont last another two weeks.
I work for the government. I don't know when I'm being paid again. And while it's sweet to be assured that I will get back pay, my daycare does not care. I pay or I lose my daughter's spot. And my creditors still need to be paid.
This start-stop ping-pong hurts all the strategic security and economic initiatives. My co-workers are furloughed and my company is a non-profit pulling together to make it work. Does Congress and the President want to end this shutdown in a hurry? Does not appear that way!
one of my research study may have to be delayed, but this not the only study i am doing.
Will need to layoff workers and close workforce centers, which are designed to help the unemployed return to work. Those who are not laid off will likely have a reduction in hours.
No Va compensation. Can't pay bills
Government contractor. On furlough since October 2. Will not receive back pay for time not worked.
I'm planning to get married in Meridian Hill Park in Washington D.C. in March. Because it is a National Park, the website and, thus, my ability to get a permit for the ceremony is disabled.
It is difficult to take care of a family of five with half a paycheck...soon to be no paycheck.
I work for the USDA-ARS. Our offices have been closed throughout the shutdown.
Contractor on furlough without pay. Will vote anti-Republican the rest of my life.
I am a government contractor and am not getting paid.
I am retired military. It closed my commissary. It threatens my health care. If it extends into November, it threatens my retired pay and/or Medicare. Wife is ill. Her peace of mind is shattered and she has become more ill. I can live with whatever the Socialist-in-Chief throws at me
No work, no check, no unemployment, and my work is piling up for my return. I have little faith in the Congress to get us back. I see panic and worry escalating. We had to cancel our first vacation since 2008. I doubt they will pay us back, either. Let's vote them out!
I am a librarian and I use a lot of government websites in my work.
I am a cancer patient and a Federal employee. I have exhausted my advanced leave and my only income is the portion of my 401K I was forced to withdraw to meet my medical expenses. I need to work, even on a limited basis. I don't understand how hurting me and my family is helping the country.
1. Pending job offer on hold till shutdown and debt limit resolved 2. Stock & 401k accounts down over 12% in 3 weeks 3. Family members furloughed with Federal govt 4. NonFed family members told to use vacation time to avoid layoffs, pay cuts
I live in Washington D.C. and walk dogs during the day. I went from 8 a day to about 3. In the evenings I am a bartender at two local restaurants and, well, business has definitely been slower than usual. My income has definitely been effected and I will not be getting back pay.
Has not affected me, but as a state worker I worry about future state furloughs or shutdowns.
Restricted access to science databases.
I have enough to pay November's rent and will have $500.00 left to pay for gas, food, water, electricity, telephone until... ?????
My husband lost his job in October 2012 after working for his company 32 years. We've been hanging in there with ny salary. Now I am furloughed. It's been terrible.
As a recently-departed Fed (left service Sept 2013), I grieve for my friends and colleagues and what they are enduring. It affects my current job, as we deal with a lot of military and government groups who have all cancelled.
I work in a state office which used federal data sources on a daily basis for reports and decision making. The lack of data availability and loss of new data releases from the Census Bureau, BEA, BLS, and other critical information sites affects social and economic policy on a local level.
I am an "excepted" federal employee and won't know if I'll have enough gas money next week to commute and work for free. I won't even know if I'll have enough for a car payment.
I don't know about next month's retirement check... I am scrapping plans to buy anything that we don't desperately need... I won't be renewing any memberships and the monies to church are going on hold...
Makes me question my future with the federal government. What's next now that they've gone this far.
I am furloughed (EPA employee).
I believe there is delay in reviewing a simple correction to a tax return and hence delay in refunding about $240 to me.
I am furloughed and have already gone through considerable savings to cover my mortgage and the property taxes that were due on October 5th.
I am a Government employee who has not been furloughed.... yet. We are working on a day to day basis. Just waiting for the hammer to fall. Just starting to catch up on bills from the 6 day furlough over the Summer. Please give us a break.
I work for the Smithsonian Institution at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. We have been almost entirely shutdown and I am furloughed. No income, even with back pay potentially coming (note the senate has yet to agree to this), could means disaster for my family's finances.
Unable to do breast cancer charity walk on the mall. Friends and family are furloughed.
loss of pay working for free
As a proud federal worker with 24 years of making a difference, I find myself without a paycheck. Through no fault of my own. With no way to resolve the problem. Horrifying.
I am furloughed and the not knowing when we will return to work is very stressful.
Work for no income, threatened life savings.
My gov't and contractor-employed friends and relatives are forced to use their vacation days or unpaid leave. There is sadness and concern in the community as folks wonder if they'll completely tap out their savings by the time this ends, and frustration about being prevented from doing their jobs.
I am a furloughed federal worker. I will be paying my bills out of my savings buffer. Assuming we go back to work in the next week, it will take a month to catch up on deferred work, adding additional stress to the upcoming holiday season.
Am retired federal employee, so no direct affect on income. Friends from my former emploer in industry are furloughed because they can no longer work with the government. Their pain is spreading.
Can't get help from IRS
Furloughed, Borrowed money to pay bills!
I am a REALTOR, and the phones have stopped ringing. Multiple clients are on hold because they are furloughed. Many loans cannot move forward.
My sister is in the Navy, and her pay is being subsidized by her bank, but other than that there is no effect on me. The company I work for is based out of Belgium.
I'm ondisabelityso I depend Social Security
Due to the Department of Treasury and IRS shutdown, we have been unable to assist tax payers with their issues and concerns.
We are required to work, but are not getting paid. Management cannot approve or deny leave, but are told we will be considered AWOL/face disciplinary action if we have to be absent. We cannot benefit from the safety net of unemployment, yet we are mostly prohibited from seeking out outside work.
I am a furloughed civil servant.
I'm a teacher and had a field trip planned to go to Civil War battlefields. We couldn't go on the trip because of the shutdown.
My husband and I were merely inconvenienced passing through customs because there was only a bare-bones crew at the docks to handle the lines of people passing through, but my heart goes out to all those workers who were furloughed and are going without.
Our farm recently completed $15,000 worth of National Resource Conservation Service (a branch of USDA) contracted soil conservation practices. Payment cannot be processed as the local NRCS office is closed. We need this money to pay farm bills.
No unemployment, no second job, no paycheck, deadlines looming, work backlog increasing. Face fines and jail time if I go into work. Federal Service used to be an honor.
I am a care provider for my elderly father. He pays my salary. He gets his salary from the fed. He is a retired Am. Ex POW. If he doesn't get paid, he can't pay me, and we won't have electricity or much else.
I am to-be-announced federal scientific agent. Now I have to leave my lab, staying home without contribution to my project which should be archived by the end of Oct.
I work for the U.S. Department of Education, Federal Student Aid and 95% of our employees have been furloughed.
I have been furloughed and am draining my savings.
I am employed by an agency funded by the Natl Science Foundation. Luckily, I already had another part-time job where I have temporarily been able to increase my hours, but the pay is much less. I am very worried about what will happen in the coming two weeks, not only for myself but for our country.
can't do research
Work for the government for 26 years. Starting to look for other jobs.
I've been shutdown. Only have a couple weeks vacation then the income stops.
Our school assembly will not have our National Guard Color Guard for Veteran's Day. We will use Boy Scouts of America!
I'm a furloughed fed and sole provider for a family of five currently without an income. We are looking at ways to cut spending everywhere until Boehner develops some cojones and puts the country before his own interests.
Loss if income. Holding off purchases, home improvments and if things go on much longer will need to start using savings to pay bills
Having to decide when and from where to start withdrawing savings to cover the bills as well as the stress of watching the children in Congress slowly argue over issues that they are immune to while the rest of the country suffers.
Slashed household expenses, Change my political party affilation to "not affiliated." I am excepted so I come to work, morale is low. Everyone at work is angry.
My colleagues and I at a nonprofit think tank can't do any research on some government websites, using the Census and BJS data. Also, I am here a for the first time and for a limited-time, so I can't go to national sites. This shutdown is childish. House members need to pass a clean CR.
Can't arrange meetings with NOAA, who are our partner in operating the satellites of the Global Observing System. (Your map does not allow responses from people outside the US)
I'm a contractor at NIH. I will not be getting reimbursed for lost revenue.
As a career fed, with a spouse who works for a contractor to federal agencies, we have lost my paycheck and hers is in jeopardy. Will her company survive? Hard to say. We are too old to start new careers, and yet too young to retire.
I'm an employee of the Univ. of Washington, Seattle, being "borrowed" by the federal government under the Intergovernmental Personnel Act, to work at the Natl. Science Foundation. I'm not working during the furlough, but I stop by the NSF building regularly and look longingly at my office window.
My next contract can't go forward until the shutdown is over. If it doesn't end soon I won't be going to the Antarctic and will be without a job.
I'm a disabled veteran living in Europe. My income consists of Social Security, a small government pension, and VA disability payments. My retirement savings are all tied up in government bonds. There are thousands of us here mostly retired military who depend on Tricare for medical care.
As a federal employee exempted from furlough, I continue to work without a paycheck, and won't be paid until a budget/CR is passed. While IOUs for my pay seem to work for the government, IOUs don't pay my bills. I've also put off purchases from local businesses, which is damaging to local economy.
I have no idea when I will go back to work. I am okay for now, but my family made lifestyle changes to buffer the possibility of a longterm shutdown.
Cant access USGS GIS data for work. Cannot correct gps data for sub-meter accuracy using base station data.
At the garden center where I work, we use the USDA website to look up information about plants. Their plant database was down for a while, because the shutdown meant "no website repair in the event of technical problems."
no check, hard if not impossible to pay bills, not spending any money unless absolutely necessary, I'm not contributing to supporting the economy, no eating out, limited groceries, no extras,
I get away to national parks on weekends. So far, trips to two parks have been affected. If my father's Social Security checks are delayed, I must pay his rent and bills. My employer's financial condition will be severely impacted by a default. And, worst of all, I am losing faith in my government.
I help secure government computer systems. The government is closed and they're closed to government contractors as well.
We've been small business owners since 1996. Never have we been close to financial upheaval. Now, though, we haven't been paid by our prime contractor on a non-DoD Government contract. We don't know when we'll be paid for work performed in August. Our mortgage is due Nov. 1. We are very worried.
I'm a fed employee, and most of the economy in my community (Hancock County, MS) is based on federal activity (NASA Stennis Space Center). Hancock County, MS was ground zero for Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The Republican GOP and their siege on American democracy is much worse than a Hurricane.
My research is partially dependent on federal databases and my university is funded by grants disbursed by federal agencies. I've run into a few problems, but others I know are even more deeply affected.
My family and I had to cancel our camping trip to Plowman Creek Park on Lake Whitney in Texas. The park is run by the Corp of Engineers and is closed due to this shutdown.
Closure of a National Park I spent hours and hundreds of dollars driving to, that I may never get another opportunity to see. Loss of hours at another National Park where I work, that is now closed, and I can no longer work or recreate in, despite paying taxes and entrance fees.
My husband and I are federal employees serving overseas in a hardship and danger posting. I am not being paid. Am transferring to the US next week, but my replacement cannot arrive, and I may not be able to leave. My two young children are in the US already with my sister (with MS) caring for them.
With sympathy for those who are adversely affected by the partial shutdown, my job is try to keep other private sector workers employed in spite of the best efforts of some government agencies. I'm ecstatic those agencies are slowed down, if only for a few weeks.
I'm worried my company may not receive its fair pay from the government.
As a federal worker wondering when I will be paid to i can pay my bills and trips got cancled
I have worked for the federal government for 25 years. This is the first time that l was deemed non- excepted (non essential), so it took a little bit of adjusting to be off work. Additionally, IRS is shut down, I have a pending ID theft case investigation delayed due to the shutdown.
It has angered, depressed, and panicked me.
Lack of FY14 budget has our facility shutting down and workers going on furlough. We are govt contractors performing work in service of the nation, and our mission is on hold. Many employees and subcontractors will be out of work until this crisis is resolved.
contractor not working, not paid
My fiance and I are federal employees in the Washington DC area, both furloughed. We're getting married next week on the 19th with no income to start our lives together.
It hasn't affected me. Very lucky.
Furloughed federal employee since 10/01. Usually earn 3/4 of family's income but now my income is zero. Will be selling a collection on e-bay to raise cash and meet recurring obligations. The stress and anxiety I'm feeling are palpable.
This past weekend, a wedding I was a part of had to be re-located last minute, even though our reception venue is a private restaurant. Since it is on park land, it had to be shut down, along with the nat'l park wedding...two days from the wedding day. Because weddings aren't stressful enough?
I am limited in the scope of work I can do and am not sure how long my agency can pay me before user fee funds are exhausted
I don't know what to do. I live by each paycheck, can't get a loan or borrow from family. I care for myself and a disabled partner. We already live frugally-don't own a home, my car is 15 yrs old, have no kids or cable, wear old clothes, don't take vacations. I hover by the news hoping for an end.
Obvious decrease in number of customer at my job since the shutdown began
We can't go hiking in Rock Creek Park or visit the nature center. The Zoo and Smithsonian museums are closed. I am a Reservist and all drills have been cancelled. I don't know if I will be getting my disability check or if my GI bill benefits will be processed.
own a drycleaning business in DC area that has seen a drastic drop in income
Federal employee. Working without pay. ;_(
Husband is furloughed. Daycare for our two kids is closed (in a government building) but tuition must continue to be paid. Our neighborhood playground is chained shut (maintained by park service). And there's not even an elected official to call and complain to, since I live in D.C.
I'm a university student, studying and interning in New York City. Right now, I am blocked from accessing information that I need for a major research project. I and some of my colleagues are unable to carry out tasks for the organizations they are working for because the government sites are down.
My guided backpacking trip with the Grand Canyon Association is cancelled. My husband's guided trip with Adventure Cycling in Utah was cancelled. Loss to us of much anticipated trips, much greater economic loss to Utah and Arizona! No response from e-mails to my rep. in the House,Tom Petri!
No more eating out, less meat for dinner, no donations to kids' schools, no purchases that cannot be postponed. More drastic changes will come if this last past four weeks. We are lucky because we have one working parent still.
I'm a fed and still working. I am unable to do parts of my job and am unsure when I'll get paid for the work.
I'm unable to register for the Census, which I've been reminded twice to do. I have to research medical citation, and the NLM catalog isn't being updated. My wife and I cancelled our plans to visit Mt. Rushmore last weekend.
Both of my roommates are furloughed feds.
My job as a government information professional has seen heightened activity from those needing federal information but unable to get it.
My dad works for Capitol Police. He has been furloughed. It's affecting the household financially. My older sister was also furloughed and her husband recently lost his job. They have 3 children.
Because I am furloughed and I'm the breadwinner, my family is now faced with very uncertain times ahead. We may liquidate our hard-earned savings to make ends meet. If we do get back pay, it will not be fair to those who had to work without a paycheck, when lots of other employees stayed home.
I have no income source and have tapped my emergency fund.
It threatens my livelihood--I am a Dept of Interior employee.
We were struggling before the shutdown, but the delayed federal pay is half of our household income, and covers the day to day expenses throughout the month With no definite end in sight, I've had to resort to withdrawing money (hardship, negative cash flow) from my retirement, penalty and all.
SSA excepted employee. Still taking, processing and paying claims. We are so full of contradictions as a country. This is really starting to weight on me. I feel like a pawn.
Working for a small business with retail stores in DC, Maryland and Virginia. We have had to shrink staff to a skeleton crew ( hope no one gets sick ) cut hours for employees we are able to keep. If the furlough and the threat of the debt ceiling persist, not sure we will survive after over 20 yrs.
My best friend works for the State Department. His wife is a nurse for the VA. My neighbor works for the FBI. His wife works as a federal contractor. No paychecks are coming. Such is the story in this VA suburb where home prices are still inflated and where foreclosures remain a silent threat.
Wasn't able to visit a federal park due to the shutdown.
Not being paid.
Joshua Tree is closed. So no hiking.
Fed contractor. Wake up every morning to see if we are allowed to come in to work that day. While traffic is lighter my work piles up waiting for permanently furloughed employees to return and do their part.
I work in education, so at least I'm better off than 90% of my contractor neighbors. My day to day shutdown annoyances are students who can't get onto government websites for midterm projects and the uncertainty they express that stems from their homes after school.
I am a furloughed fed so i do not have any income coming in until I am allowed back at work.
I'm out of work and burning through savings to pay bills. And I'm a contractor, so there will be no back pay.
My husband works for a provider that will not be reimbursed by Medicaid, and my daughter can't access her tax records online
Neighbors and parents of students at my school are out of work.
My spouse is out if work
Furloughed FAA employee. Very anxious and stressed out.
So far, not, because I live in rural isolation.
As a furloughed federal employee I have not only missed work for 10 days, we were also not paid for the final week of fiscal year 2013. In total I have lost $5528.00 in salary. Rent and utilities will come out of savings, but other bills are not going to be paid.
My partner has had hours cut at work because many of his clients are government employees.
I have been furloughed in one of the most expensive cities in the country. My bills have not stopped coming, but my paycheck has. I've been ready to go back to work, but no resolution has been reached. I worry about my staff, especially the part time staff who rely on the income .
Furloughed, can't pay mortgage
I drive tourists to their hotels. Now I fill up my van in the morning with almost $100,and I hardly make my money back cos I only have a few people to pick and drop
I'm furloughed and not being payed. My paycheck is supposed to come on Saturday, and it won't. I have bills to pay and am living off credit cards through the shutdown.
I'm a contractor who has been supporting the FAA for the past year on two different projects. Because I work for a small business, there are no resources to assist us when the stop work order was issued. Unlike our federal counterparts, we will not be getting back pay. We just want to work again.
No work. No pay. Bills keep coming in. Looking to buy a new house, but 1) I don't know if I can get approved for a mortgage while being furloughed and 2) the number of houses being put up for sale seems to have flatlined due to the appropriations lapse.
Affected my paycheck and livelihood, and shutdown research into trials to cure the crippling chronic auto-immune disease that I suffer.
Federal employee working without pau
I am an excepted employee. I have to work not knowing when I will get paid. Still have to pay for daycare for my two children in order to work.
Just married on 9/27 and came back to a shutdown. We still have 2 households since we recently married. We thought we had atleast one income until we found out today that his active duty military pay wasn't submitted so he will not receive a paycheck as expected.
Loss of salary. Loss of productivity.
I am furloughed without back pay and my wife is a small business owner who is still in the beginning stages. We have a small savings but if this continues will be selling her car to make rent and both looking for other jobs to pay bills.
Closed my place of work. Shutdown Coast Guard Auxiliary
I'm a researcher in infectious disease outbreaks. CDC data is unavailable. Colleagues are on furlough. A grant progress report cannot be submitted. Paperwork on a renewed grant is in limbo. We've been warned that manuscripts under review may take a long time if the assigned reviewer is furloughed.
Double fed family with no income.
Cancellation of school trip to Joshua Tree National park; closure of NRAO
National parks and golf courses are closed so I have been golfing in maryland. As a con, there have been less people on public transportation.
I am a defense contractor who is on furlough until a budget is passed.
I am currently furloughed. I work for a company that does business with the government. Our primary customer is the US Air Force.
My husband is furloughed. We have a little savings but its about to run out.
I am an independent national security contractor -- I lost my contract with sequester. My husband is federal DoD, he's been furloughed for 10 days this year. We're young, still "entry". Pay has been frozen for 3 years. Low to begin with. Never know what bad thing will happen next. Morale very low.
I am a scientist. Because of the shutdown research has been slow. Friends have lost some government benefits
My wife is a federal employee, furloughed 10/1. I am a contractor, furloughed 10/5. So we are both out of work; although we haven't yet missed a paycheck, we will start missing them soon.
My son-in-law is active military. Everyone is being impacted economically. Respect is being lost of ALL government officials.
My family is losing the major income!
I am furloughed. My wife is a federal contractor and has been ordered to stop work. We now have no income whatsoever. We are cutting our spending and not contributing to a fragile economic recovery.
Can't plan ahead and enjoy life.
Neighbor is a furloughed nonessential; and since he's not working, he's been reall load at night. Keeping me awake.
Non-excepted employee for NASA
Donations for nonprofits down from community members with uncertain finances because of furloughs. Government employees are 2nd or 3rd largest sector in our town.
I live in DC & work for the District government. In addition to the time spent/wasted planning for the shutdown, I'm concerned about staff who would not be essential and live paycheck to paycheck. Dealing with this several times in the past few years is both a waste of productivity and demoralizing.
Instructions and oversight from the NMVTIS have slowed to almost a halt increasing the potential for vehicle and insurance fraud across the country.
Depend on VA Disability to live. Worried sick about getting paid. Have terminal leukemia from Agent Orange. Vietnam Vet. What more do they want from my family? Need to get it together.
I am a federal employee, I have no idea when/if my next paycheck is coming and when I'll be able to return to work. The first round of bills was due the first week of furlough, and the second round of bills is due next week. The uncertainty and anxiety is killing me.
Though small, I was prevented from being able to do several assignments in my college courses because both the USGS and Library of Congress websites are shut down. Our coursework in my senior year I delayed, and I am missing vital information that I need to succeed in this already abysmal economy.
I work for the federal government but with the shutdown and furloughs we are spinning are wheels. Projects are delayed for no good reason and its costing a lot of money but nothing is getting delivered.
I am DOD and should get paid on the 17th.