Furloughed federal employees will probably get paid, eventually. But the longer the government says in limbo, the harder it gets to make ends meet. In the meantime, if you need to bring in some cash, there might be work for you. Mike Endale of BLEN Corporation has created a website full of freelance gigs available for furloughed feds. Read more.
Lauren Larson Coordinating Producer Federal News Radio
From free food and drink specials to discount tickets on entertainment, many businesses are reaching out to feds to ease the pain of the shutdown. One local business is offering feds the chance to get back to work. Kathlene Buchanan is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Metro Offices. She tells Federal News Radio’s Lauren Larson why they decided to open their doors to feds as long as the government is closed.
Federal employees aren’t the only entities on furlough during the shutdown. Quite a few federal web sites have also gone dark. You won’t find updates from Census and Data.gov. Freedom of Information Act requests are on hold. Tom Lee is the lab director at the Sunlight Foundation. He’s been following the data during the partial shutdown. He talked about the scope of unavailable data.
It’s hard to know who’s in charge on Capitol Hill. Is it the Democrats or Republicans? Whoever it is, it’s hard to see real, hard-charging leadership. One veteran of government and government contracting has some lessons in leadership he’d share with the lawmakers. CACI Chairman Jack London has written a new book: “Character: The Ultimate Success Factor.”
A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways in which the government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. But the authors also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety. A breakdown from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.
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Tom Temin is the host of The Federal Drive, which airs from 6-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. region and online everywhere. Tom has 30 years experience in journalism, mostly in technology markets. Before coming to Federal News Radio, he was a long-serving editor-in-chief of Government Computer News and Washington Technology magazines.