As the shutdown drags on, furloughed employees are growing frustrated. At the Agriculture Department, 15,000 employees are at home. Louis Iacoletti is one of them. He is an IT manager at the Farm Services Agency and president of the Organization of Professional Employees of the Department of Agriculture, or OPEDA. He says the group is reaching out to furloughed colleagues.
Thad Juszczak Director of Global Public Sector Practice Grant Thornton
Ultimately, everything the government can do, or cannot do, is a matter of money. The lapse in appropriations, the furloughs, the suspension of programs, the warnings to contractors. It may not be the easiest time to be a financial manager in the federal government. For some perspective and advice, Tom and Emily turned to Thad Juszczak, director of Grant Thornton’s global public sector practice and former federal budget officer.
If you’re a civilian federal employee, whether you’re working or not, your next paycheck is in doubt. While Congress could vote to give you back pay whenever the shutdown ends, your bills are due on time. Financial planner Ed Zurndorfer says unemployment compensation is a good option, but know some things first. Read more.
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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.