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  • Looking for stories about how you've been affected by the furlough
    Been Furloughed
    If you've been furloughed and have any stories you'd like to share about how it's affecting you, please send them to us via the following webpage: http://beenfurloughed.com/stories.aspx As we receive stories we'll post them so they'll all collected in one spot.
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  • Loans are good and bad!
    The loans that have been afforded to federal employees who have been furloughed is good in a way, but also can lead to a nightmare if not managed well. While there is releaf to those who those who are affected, you have to fully understand that these are loans and not giveaways. They will come to a point where repayment will take place possibly compounding the problem even further. I hate to rain on the parade but it is what it is. The question is how many will be able to make their payments back to the program when they come due. Bottom line is, this is a band-aid and not fixing the problem.
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  • HMMM, what am I missing?
    So, I took a salary of about $113,000 and took one day of furlough out of it for one pay period. I took out same rate for taxes and retirement but left as a constant Medicare, Health and life insurance. When I do that, the loss of one day equates to about $232 for a pay period. For those needing to have 11 days by Sept 30, that might mean 4 pay periods where the amount is $460. Regardless, for the yeasr, that is a total loss of wait for it .... $2560. They knew it was coming, but they still need an emergency loan for $2560??? I think I see why government is usually bad mouthed if the people working for it and having to take a paycut of $2568 for the year can't manage without a loan. Am I missing something?
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  • Nope
    You are not missing anything. Gov't employees got months and months of warning to prepare for the inevitable but were still unable to plan for it. Imagine if they dropped that stone on them like they do private workers. No warning, no benes, no job the other 4 days of the week. Oh my gosh, 11 days without pay. You poor sobs.
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  • Like Govt Contractors?
    You mean like the private sector govt contractors who haven't been affected at all by the furloughs? The Army is paying all its onctrractors to sit and do nothing on Fridays now while the Feds are out collecting cans from the street to make ends meet. Yeah, those govt. workers have it so good.
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  • Wasn't the ARMY given more flexibility in sequester?
    If contractors are sitting around doing nothing for the ARMY, isn't someone supposed to report that? Isn't there a General somewhere who cares? Or maybe just a Commander? Someone could surely figure out something to stop this kind of stupidity! But that begs the question of a contractor that requires daily instructions to support the contract. If someone told me my supervisor wasn't coming in, I think I know of a few things that need to be done to catch up or make progress forward. Are you telling me these contractors need such constant supervision?
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  • Yes, you're missing something
    The Ferret
    You're missing a little thing called "empathy." Maybe at your pay scale you don't understand what it's like to live paycheck-to-paycheck, counting every penny, and struggling every pay period to balance paying bills, utilities, groceries, and so on. For many people, losing one day's pay is a big hit to their finances, especially with the way bank fees are. One overdraft can cost $35, and those pile up very quickly when you have automatic withdrawals. So when all is said and done, by the end of the day, not only did you lose a day's wages, but quite possibly, the bank has now fined you several times, digging that financial hole deeper and deeper. For some, a loan is a financial necessity to survive.
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  • Empathy; Yes. Inaction; No
    I have empathy; I think these furlough days are a political atrocity. But, if you live paycheck to paycheck, you are already behind the curve. Surly there are things you could do. Maybe stop cable (yes, you can live without it; I know a family in this DC area who made a choice to stop cable). Or no more phones with a data plan. How about food - are you doing all you can there? My point is not that I don't have sympathy, it is if you think (or know) it is going to happen, make a realistic plan to cut expenses. As Suze Orman says, "It is not how much you make but, how much you spend." And as for bank fees (how did that become an issue?, don't overdraft. And another piece of advice, never let a company take money from your account - push the funds but, never let them pull. Got it NEVER. Not your mortgage, insurance - NOTHING. Any small mistake they make can be devasting to a paycheck to paycheck living standard.
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  • FEEA and Furloughs
    I am a career employee at the IRS in the DC area. Back in April before the IRS even knew how many furlough days were coming I gave FEEA $500. Then when FEEA announced their May Fund raising campaign I sent in another $250. So the IRS has had three furlough days. The planned 7/22 furlough day was just cancelled an hour ago. My point here is even though I knew I was going to lose some pay I wanted to help others who may not be as fortunate as I am. Good luck to all
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  • A Classy Humanitarian
    Classy. Way to go.
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