Some of the Media Releases During the Shutdown

Channel 2 CBS

Federal Workers Protest Possible Government Shutdown, September 30, 2013 2:43 PM http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/09/30/federal-workers-demonstrate-against-possible-government-shutdown/

CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — About six dozen federal workers demonstrated in the Loop this afternoon against a possible government shutdown.

Local Impact Of Federal Government Shutdown, October 1, 2013 5:52 AM http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/01/local-impact-of-federal-government-shutdown/

Federal Employees Grateful To Work Again, But Leery Of Congress CBS Channel 2 Chicago October 17, 2013 http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2013/10/17/with-damage-done-federal-employees-grateful-to-work-again/

Channel 5 NBC

Officials: Chicago Area Won’t Feel Short-Term Shutdown By Emily Florez and Alexandria Fisher  Tuesday, Oct 1, 2013  |  Updated 8:52 AM CDT http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Officials-Chicago-Area-Wont-Feel-Short-Term-Shutdown-225947151.html

Furloughed Chicago Couple Feel Like “Political Pawns” 30-year EPA veterans forced to stay at home   Thursday, Oct 3, 2013  |  Updated 1:16 PM CDT http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/Furloughed-Chicago-Couple-Feel-Like-Political-Pawns-226240691.html

National Public Radio

Preparing For Shutdown, Government Plans Furloughs by The Associated Press September 27, 2013 5:29 PM http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=226716045

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums. Low-to-moderate income borrowers and first-time homebuyers seeking government-backed mortgages could face delays.

Economic impact of a government shutdown NPR Afternoon Shift, September 30, 2013 https://soundcloud.com/afternoonshiftwbez/government-shutdown

With a government shutdown looming and possibly more than a one million federal workers about to be laid off, what’s the economic impact? Are you concerned about how this will affect the economy? John O’Grady is the president of the American Federation of Government Employees, Local 704. Bob Johnson is the Director of Economic Analysis at Morningstar Inc. Photo credit: flickr / BTC world news

Economists Say Shutdown Will Hurt, But Hard To Add It Up by October 01, 2013 5:14 AM http://www.npr.org/2013/09/30/227889703/economists-say-shutdown-will-hurt-but-hard-to-add-it-up

During Shutdown, EPA Office Finds Old Soup In Office Fridge October 18, 2013 7:12 AM http://www.npr.org/2013/10/18/236797850/during-shutdown-epa-office-finds-old-soup-in-office-fridge

Even after sending home nearly all its staff during the shutdown, the Chicago office of the Environmental Protection Agency managed to detect a potentially toxic substance. A 16-year-old can of Campbell’s soup was discovered in a refrigerator there. Continue reading “Some of the Media Releases During the Shutdown”

Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester

Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester

GAO head Gene Dodaro
GAO head Gene Dodaro Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP

Sequestration will not bring furloughs at every agency, as some leaders have said they can reduce their budgets in other areas to avoid requiring employees to take unpaid leave.

The Small Business Administration will rely on an anticipated reduction in a certain type of loan to cut costs, should sequestration go into effect March 1, according to an Associated Press report. Outgoing Administrator Karen Mills said fewer 504 loans — which spiked last year due to a now-expired provision allowing them to be used to refinance mortgages — will account for most of the cuts, and furloughs will not be necessary. Continue reading “Some Agencies Won’t Need Furloughs Under Sequester”