On Oct 20th I will have 33 years of Federal Service. I have been a loyal employee through ups and down; weathering through every year of CRAs, received 2 RIF notices and kept my pride and loyalty to this Country the entire time. I am saddened that the Government cannot manage to resolve all of the issues on the table and do the job they are paid to do when I have continued to do mine. I currently work for the Defense Contract Management Agency (DCMA). In my position we have government oversight at contractors facilities managing a $10B defense satellite programs. Do to this shutdown government oversight has completely stopped!! In 2012 I was awarded the DMCA Civilian Employee of Year (over 10,000 people). Despite what the public says about us, most federal workers have a professional work ethic and sense of pride in our duty to this nation. We continue to achieve this and feel a punch to the stomach every time we have to suffer the consequences of political decisions. I am also saddened that as Americans we make fun of the government and country that we should be proud to live in. There are ways to express your concern over the President and Government's decisions without the personnel attacks. Even though all the this, I would never make derogatory statements about our Commander in Chief or this Country. After suffering through frozen pay, lack of incentive awards, cuts to all of our budgets (we even buy our own office supplies) this shutdown put most of us over the edge. We are concerned about the continuation of our benefits; I have a special needs son who need constant medical oversight. It's about time that the Federal Worker is treated with the same courtesy, respect and loyalty that we are expected to display. STOP making us suffer because of the internal disagreements. STOP making this personnel between Democrats and Republicans and do what is right for the American people. I say SHAME ON ALL OF YOU. Resolve this now and let us go back to performing our critical functions to this nation and be able to pay our bills and take care of our families. STOP making us pay for your lack of ability to do your jobs.
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