As Democrats and Republicans continue to duke it out on Capitol Hill over the 2011 budget, feds are stuck in the middle. With the clock inching closer to another potential government shutdown, how are feds coping?
WFED’s Mike Causey said the reaction he is hearing is mixed. Some people think the attacks on federal pay are unfair, and the public and lawmakers are lumping all government employees together, he said.
Others recognize that their work may be under-appreciated but also tell themselves, “I have a good job, I love my job, I’m serving my country and everything’s OK,” Causey said.
In a shutdown, non-essential employees are furloughed. This term – non-essential – can impact employees’ morale. It’s also a term that’s hard to define, said Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief of Government Executive Magazine.