Monday’s shutdown deadline has employees across the government on edge since they don’t know if they have to show up for work on Tuesday. Managing through the anxiety and keeping employees focused is possible with some strategy. Tim McManus, vice president for education and outreach at the Partnership for Public Service, says one word describes the feeling at most agencies.
Bill Dougan President National Federation of Federal Employees
Fifty nine percent of federal employees will still report to work Tuesday morning, even if there’s no deal on a budget for fiscal 2014. That’s an estimate from USA Today, but it’s only an estimate. Federal labor unions are on the front lines of discussions with agencies about who will work and who won’t.
Mike Causey Senior Correspondent Federal News Radio
A government shutdown is at stake as the House now has to figure out where they’re going next. More people on Capitol Hill are talking about a short-term fix for the shutdown problem. A continuing resolution of a few days or a week would keep the government open and give Congress another shot to work out a compromise. Federal News Radio Senior Correspondent Mike Causey said it’s happened before.
The Pentagon says about half of its civilian workforce will go on unpaid furlough if Congress doesn’t pass a continuing resolution by next Tuesday. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu has more on the government shutdown contingency plan DoD releases today.
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Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.