UPDATED OCT. 21, AT 10:30 A.M. WITH NEW EMAIL AND FACEBOOK RESPONSES.
Some furloughed feds breathed a sigh of relief upon hearing news from the Office of Personnel Management that the
federal government would reopen Thursday.
The House and Senate had agreed on a deal late Wednesday night to reopen the government after a
day shutdown, and President Barack Obama signed the bill into law early Thursday.
The news raised some critical questions for federal employees. With agency
websites down and no update from OPM until early Thursday, feds asked if they were
supposed to work or not.
"So do we go in? My server is blocked so no use getting in if they haven't reset
the email and data servers!" Julie Kenkel Yates commented on a Federal News Radio
Others are still cynical, pointing out that the measure only temporarily funds
"Only till Jan. Our government really does not have its act together....maybe they
all need to go back to school," Randy Horton commented.
"So since this is a short term deal, this means we are going to be furloughed
again come January 15th?" Mirena Heigh commented on Facebook.
"Snd then a replay of the whole drama in Jan/Feb and on and on till they someday
start doing budgets instead of continuing resolutions," P Scott Schlitte
During the shutdown, Federal News Radio invited federal employees to share their thoughts.
Now that it's over, we still want to hear from you.
What concerns you most about going back to work? What are your thoughts about the
shutdown? Tell us what you think via Facebook,
or the comments on this page.
Below you will find reader responses with comments from Facebook in gray, Twitter
in red, email in blue and story comments in black. We will be updating this page
You can also call Federal News Radio's Comment Line at (202) 274-4806, to leave an
audio response. These messages may be used on the radio as part of Federal News
Radio's continuing shutdown coverage.
And now, here are your comments:
Feds are more loyal to the government than it is to us. I'm just sayin'...
Oct. 18 at 9:01 p.m. - Via Facebook
During the shutdown we in the field offices were deemed essential. We were told all leave was canceled. Many of us came to work every minute of every day, although we had pre-approved leave. We were told no management would approve any leave for any reason. We had to deal with ever-increasing rudeness from the public when we had to tell them there were many workloads we were not authorized to work on during the shutdown. We have tons of work to catch up on now. We showed up every day, missing time with family, working through migraines, etc., because we had been advised if we took leave it would be considered AWOL, and most definitely would not be paid, and would possibly face losing our jobs. Now we are being told any and everyone who was off, pre-approved or not, will be granted administrative (FREE) leave! We are demoralized as it is, and now to be slapped in the face for doing our duty?
Oct. 18 at 12:04 p.m. - Via Email
Has anything been mentioned about those employees who had to work? They were not able to sit at home and then receive compensation. How fair is that? That's like a paid vacation for some while others had to grind it out.
Oct. 17 at 7:59 p.m. - Via Email
So, we federal employees finally got back to work today. I believe that a lot has been asked of us the past couple years at least: tirelessly do your jobs well day in and day out and what we receive in exchange for that is ever decreasing budgets, one threat of shutdown after another, so-called budgets passed for mere months at a time, disrespectful comments and attitudes in Congress ... and now this real 16-DAY shutdown. And another budget showdown in three months??? It is ridiculous. We can and should expect more from our well-paid Congress than this.
Oct. 17 at 6:56 p.m. - Via Email
I was an excepted employee for SSA. We were threatened with no time off during the shutdown. Any leave we needed or had scheduled prior, we were told it was NOT APPROVED leave and to take at your discretion. We had to sign furlough papers for that time off. It led us to believe it was unpaid unless Congress approved back pay and, that if it was approved for back pay, it'd be charged accordingly (annual or sick leave). Therefore, I canceled my leave as well as others did. Now we find out that those that called in sick during the shutdown are getting ADMINISTRATIVE leave instead of having to use sick leave. Two of my coworkers called in two times each during those 11 shutdown days. They are now rewarded with approved leave and gain 16 hours of sick leave because they are being paid administrative leave instead of sick leave. One of these people has already called in over 32 times THIS YEAR ALONE. Now she gets 16 more hours of sick leave. Another employee had 5 days of annual leave scheduled and took it. Now that employee will get five free days of annual leave because it will be paid ADMIN instead. How is that even fair to those of us that canceled our leave because it was NOT APPROVED? The government continually rewards the ones that do not follow the rules. The rules change constantly. I'm glad the furloughed workers got back pay but that is again NOT FAIR to those of us that worked those 11 days of the shutdown. I love my job but I dislike the mismanagement, lack of communication, and unfairness. I've never worked at such an I don't care place in my life. People think they are so overworked yet spend more time chit-chatting than working. Calling in sick for every little thing. NO consequences to anything. It's pathetic.
Oct. 17 at 5:14 p.m. - Via Email
A lot of coffee cups with hair
Oct. 17 at 2:33 p.m. - Via Facebook
So far we rec'd welcome back e-mails from all
levels of Mgt. including Sec'y of Treasury. Waiting for apology from Congress
Oct. 17 at 2:21 p.m. - Via Twitter
Thank you for always keeping us informed, I
appreciate what you all do
Oct. 17 at 2:10 p.m. - Via Facebook
Worked through this lol
Oct. 17 at 1:25 p.m. - Via Facebook
What the what? A soup can from 1997? Ewww
lol. My first day back is going good. Very busy but I'm not complaining at all.
Oct. 17 at 1:25 p.m. - Via Facebook
I am a contractor for Health and Human Services and
am upset that contractors are not being reimbursed for the shutdown. And to make
matters worse, no one is addressing the impact on contractors!
Oct. 17 at 9:56 a.m. - Via Email
Just curious….if the government is going to pay
all Federal employees for their time off, what are they going to do for those
employees that worked during the shutdown? It certainly isn't fair for those who
stayed home to get the
same pay as those who had to get up and go to work!!
Oct. 17 at 9:34 a.m. - Via Email
Wow just like the private sector - pay
Oct. 17 at 9:34 a.m. - Via Twitter
and they should be penalized for the
Oct. 17 at 9:27 a.m. - Via Twitter
it is only over temporarily
Oct. 17 at 9:24 a.m. - Via Twitter
Oct. 17 at 8:58 a.m. - Via Twitter
Do the employees that had to work the past 16 days
get an extra 16 days paid vacation. I know for those furloughed there is a delay
in.being paid, but at the same time it is unfair to those that worked.
Oct. 17 at 8:23 a.m. - Via Email
some of us were working - will we get our
accrued AL & SL?
Oct. 17 at 8:19 a.m. - Via Twitter
may i ask what was t purpose of shutting down
at all? We all new they would get deal done b4 2 much damage & now backpay???
Oct. 17 at 7:52 a.m. - Via Twitter
I was one of the excepted employee that had to
work during the shutdown. How its fair for us that worked getting the same pay
that those who got send home. In others words, they got a free paid 16 day
vacation but we did not. I think for us that worked and keep the government
running should be compensated or pay interupted.
Oct. 17 at 7:50 a.m. - Via Email
Everyone seems to forget about the 6-days that all
federal employees lost prior to the government shutdown. The Department of The
Navy worked their budget out to accommodate all government civilians working for
the Navy. Hagel furloughed us anyway. When will we see that back pay?
Oct. 17 at 7:36 a.m. - Via Email
Would this also apply to legislative agencies
(CBO, CRS, GAO)?
Oct. 17 at 7:26 a.m. - Via Twitter
Oct. 17 at 7:24 a.m. - Via Twitter
Only till Jan. Our government really does
have its act together....maybe they all need to go back to school
Oct. 17 at 6:07 a.m. - Via Facebook
From opm.gov Federal Government
Applies to: October 17, 2013
Open. Employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled
work day (Thursday, October 17th for most employees), absent other instructions
from their employing agencies.
Oct. 17 at 1:20 a.m. - Via Facebook
P Scott Schlitte:
and then a replay of the whole drama in
Jan/Feb and on and on till they someday start doing budgets instead of continuing
Oct. 17 at 12:01 a.m. - Via Facebook
You should be getting a recall of some kind
from your chain of command. For us in DoD, that's what happened. My boss called me
on Oct 5 (Sunday) to let me know I had to come to work the next day under the Pay
Our Military Act.
Oct. 16 at 11:08 p.m. - Via Facebook
Chris Quirk Chitwood:
Do we go to work tomorrow?
Oct. 16 at 10:44 p.m. - Via Facebook
Julie Kenkel Yates:
So do we go in? My server is blocked
no use getting in if they haven't reset the email and data servers!
Oct. 16 at 10:35 p.m. - Via Facebook
Jeanne Pilewski Bravin:
they are voting right now
Oct. 16 at 7:45 p.m. - Via Facebook
Chris Quirk Chitwood:
CNN is reporting Federal Government
will reopen tomorrow....confirmation please?
Oct. 16 at 4:12 p.m. - Via Facebook
I was going to say the same thing. So since
this is a short term deal, this means we are going to be furloughed again come
Oct. 16 at 3:13 p.m. - Via Facebook
I haven't seen anything new about back pay...
Oct. 16 at 2:04 p.m. - Via Facebook
Right now just alot of BLAH BLAH BLAH. DO
WHAT YOUR GETTING PAID TO DO & STOP THE GAMES AT OUR EXPENSE. STOP WITH THE BAND
Oct. 16 at 1:23 p.m. - Via Facebook
So we look forward to another furlough in
about four months?
Oct. 16 at 12:47 p.m. - Via Facebook
Awesome thank you! Let me know what you
Oct. 16 at 12:43 p.m. - Via Twitter
Hope so as well... Also, hope that this
isn't a delay tactic for something else down the way.
Oct. 16 at 12:27 p.m. - Via Facebook
if it passes, when can we expect the #govt to
Oct. 16 at 11:21 a.m. - Via Twitter
Hope it passes completely through all the
proper channels in Congress.
Oct. 16 at 11:10 a.m. - Via Facebook
but will the house and the president go for it?
Oct. 16 at 11:01 a.m. - Via Twitter
Gregory L. Treible:
Thank YOU for shining some light on
this issue. Its been a big concern for me during this #shutdown.
Oct. 16 at 9:47 a.m. - Via Twitter
I've heard that story before and it hasn't
Oct. 16 at 8:44 a.m. - Via Twitter
P Scott Schlitte:
unless the govt figures a way to stop
spending more than they bring in these budget fights will be a regular thing...
Oct. 15 at 5:11 p.m. - Via Facebook
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