This is indeed troubling news. One of the safer lines of work is generally considered to be as a federal employee. I know your topic was geared more towards the federal employees, but I have many friends who were contractors in DC and sadly they all lost their jobs just a few weeks ago. I was amongst them for a while as well; however, I’m a strong believer that when one door closes, there are many other opportunities that will open to you. Thankfully we have great sites like govloop and govWin to assist providing job resources for people in government spaces.