- Posted October 15, 2013 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Shutdown over: What next?
Shutdown Affecting Federal Workers with Disabilities
People with disabilities who take on the challenges of working full-time for the federal government are hit especially hard during this shutdown. Like everyone else, we have no income, but we still have bills. This is especially difficult for workers with significant disabilities because we have lots of out-of-pocket work related expenses.
We just got paid October 1 for a full two weeks. On the next pay period, October 5, we will get paid for one week, which is half of what we should receive. On the following pay period, October 29, we will get nothing, and so it will go from then on.
Another question is how is it affecting the people we serve? Most of our formula grantees (of the Assistive Technology Act [AT Act]) have a good deal of fiscal year (FY) 2013 funds left however, a handful have run out. We just started FY 2014 and normally I’d be giving out FY 2014 formula grants. As more and more grantees run out of FY13 funds they will be forced to stop serving PWD in their states.
Also, I am not there to monitor program performance and/or compliance for my grantees. Are they using federal funds as required by AT Act and other federal law? What if they’re not? If a gross misuse of federal funds became public knowledge, who would be the first to complain?