With the start of the government’s first shutdown since 1996, every federal employee who’s not granted a specific exception is being placed on unpaid furlough starting today for a total of about a million workers. But the picture’s a lot murkier for federal contractors. Many of them will still show up to work for agencies – even if it’s not clear when their companies will be paid. We get more from Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu.
Greg Stanford Government & Public Affairs Director Federal Manager’s Association
Even if you’re a federal executive and you’re exempt from the government shutdown, the coming days or weeks aren’t looking so hot. But there are resources to turn to for guidance. Greg Stanford is Government and Public Affairs Director of the Federal Manager’s Association.
Some feds decided to use their off time to take action. They joined unions and local members of congress to motivate members to get legislation crafted that will get them back to work. They hope the additional pressure will motivate Congress to get the government back open. The often heard message — stop punishing federal employees.
Roger Waldron President Coalition for Government Procurement
Day One of the government shutdown is also Day One of the Fiscal New Year today. But it’s not a very happy one in the contracting world. Roger Waldron, president of the Coalition for Government Procurement, says you should already be moving on your company’s shutdown priorities for the new year.
On the Executive Suite, we listened to testimony and analysis on some of the biggest challenges facing agency executives across the federal government. Today, we heard highlights from a Thursday hearing in the House Budget Committee. The committee is looking at the long-term budget outlook with the help of research from the Congressional Budget Office. The witness is Douglas Elmendorf, director of the CBO.
We also listened to highlights from today’s State Department press conference concerning the shutdown and other topics presented by State Spokeswoman Jen Psaki. View the full video here later on.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 8-10 a.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, D.C. 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, and launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.