The State Department says it’s close to another round of furloughs because of the government shutdown. But the Defense civilian workforce is almost 95 percent back to work after its furlough days. And as other agencies bring people back, the Department of Veterans Affairs has about 9,000 employees that are just starting their furloughs. The shutdown is more fluid than people thought it would be. Tom Shoop is editor in chief of Government Executive Magazine. He says it’s not a total surprise.
The government shutdown is throwing sand in the gears of the private economy. A new staff report from the Senate Commerce Committee highlights some of the ways that’s happening. But the authors of the report also point to several ways in which federal furloughs are jeopardizing public safety. Federal News Radio’s Jared Serbu provides a breakdown.
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