David K. Shepherd
I was a federal employee during the last shutdown. My agency reduced staffing to "Emergency Essential" employees only. I was sent home along with 95% of the workforce. I was able to continue to work on my projects at home, but in '95 remote connectivity was lacking. I had project work that needed to be done, so I just continued to work. There was worry that we wouldn't get paid, etc, but that didn't happen.
After the shutdown was over, everyone got paid, regardless of whether they worked or not. The Emergency Essential folks all felt burned because they had 'kept the lights on' while everybody else got some nice time off.
In the end, it was a political stunt that left a huge productivity crater and saved no money.
I expect we will repeat this shortly...