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Ed Albetski
Participant

My wife and I both worked for the Bureau of Economic Analysis at Commerce. We had two small children and a mortgage. Kathy was an economist and I was in IT, so all our work was done on computers. During the shutdown the servers were turned off to protect the data. So there was no possibility of working from home. I agree with the other comments; great loss of productivity. Although we were uncertain of being paid during the shutdown, we eventually were. I hope the young folks new to Federal work and living paycheck to paycheck are paid for their lost time now as well. Life isn’t fair, but over the years I’ve grown a unrelenting contempt for smug posturing politicians who directly cause chaos and then blame Federal workers for the mess. I think it was Eric Blair (George Orwell) who said of the British army “They are lions led by jackasses.” Very similar.