Federal workers prepare for the worst

4:11 PM, Sep 27, 2013   |    comments
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Federal agencies were expected to reveal their plan by Friday afternoon, of who would come to work and who would stay at home if the government were to shut down.

Supervisors met Thursday to plan and consider who was essential personnel.

By now, it has become routine. But these are people's livelihoods that hang in the balance, while members of Congress dig their heals in deeper. With no compromise in sight, people are certainly on edge.

James McQuade, Federal Worker said, "If it's any length of time it's going to hurt financially, deeply. I've got two kids in college and I'm better off than most people but I promise you it's going to be felt. I wouldn't be surprised if people declared bankruptcy. If it goes on longer, I can see people pulling their kids out of school for a while."

James McQuade has been a federal employee for nearly 30 years.
He lived through the government shutdown in the 90's.

McQuade said, "I survived that. That's all I can say about that. But there's a potential for this to be worse because the battle lines are drawn so strictly and people are behaving irrationally."

Lt. Haraz Ghanbari, a Navy Reservist said, "I'm not so worried about getting a paycheck because at the end of the day we signed up for a cause greater than ourselves. The paycheck will come if there is a delay, I'm sure it will come."

Lt. Haraz Ghanbari a Navy reservist is pulling double duty, supporting his young family and protecting the United States.

Ghanbari said, "I know for members of the military we have a commitment and we are going to honor that commitment regardless of what happens with a potential government shutdown."

Maggie Rivera's husband is an Army captain. The family is concerned but has saved up for these types of emergencies.

"I feel so bad, they don't have a savings for a few months, of course it's scary and we don't know how long it's going to last."

McQuade said, "I have to wonder how insensitive the people are in Congress, they feel this is the correct thing to do not just as individuals but as a country as a whole."

The Department of Defense have sent out their plan. Military personnel will be paid retroactively.

While DOD non-essential, civilian workers would have to report to work on Tuesday to receive their furlough notice.  They're not guaranteed retroactive pay. That would take another act of Congress to enact a law providing pay.


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