- Posted October 2, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
A Sad Federal Employee
So here I sit, at home, unpaid -- and who knows for how long. Tuesday morning I sadly signed my now second acknowledgement of furlough in an environment of uncertainty and disarray within the office. We were told to "come in to perform a orderly shutdown" and to leave by noon. Some civilians hurried to get last minute things done, while younger workers confusedly asked questions; an older woman began crying quietly in the corner.
I excitedly began my career with the Defense Department out of college, and I love my job. However, I now fear and wonder how I can keep what I love doing if my pay keeps disappearing at random. So far the most consistent aspect of being a federal employee is the threat of furlough.
Key members of congress must understand the detrimental impact they're imposing upon me, and upon the workforce that keeps the country functioning. I've lost more than $2,500 from the sequester (and now increasing exponentially) , and I probably won't get any of it back. Political games played in congress are actively damaging my career and future. Placing countless people in financial danger to further one's agenda is deplorable behavior.
- an unpaid federal worker