Feds Return Back to Work – Shutdown Over!

Photo by PoPville flickr user justinbc

From OPM:

“The following message applies only to October 17, 2013

Open. Employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled work day (Thursday, October 17th for most employees), absent other instructions from their employing agencies.

Due to the enactment of a continuing resolution, Federal government operations are open. Employees are expected to return for work on their next regularly scheduled work day (Thursday, October 17th for most employees), absent other instructions from their employing agencies. Agencies are strongly encouraged to use all available workplace flexibilities to ensure a smooth transition back to work for employees (e.g. telework, work schedule flexibilities, and excused absence for hardship situations).”

From the Mayor’s office:

“Mayor Vincent C. Gray today thanked congressional leaders and the President for including, in their deal to raise the debt ceiling and reopen the federal government, a provision securing the District’s ability to spend its own local funds throughout Fiscal Year 2014 regardless of possible future federal government shutdowns this year.”

From @wmata:

“Good morning, Federal Government! Nice to have you back aboard! @Metrorailinfo has returned to the normal mix of 8 and 6-car trains. #wmata”

33 Comment

  • Good job congress – I upgrade my rating of you from an F to a D-.

    Now how about a budget that reflects what we’re trying to do now rather than 5 years ago?

  • More spending! More spending!

    • gotryit

      Right – spending is the way you get things done. It’s not a bad thing.

      • That’s a pretty blanket statement. While some spending is good, I would submit that plenty of spending is bad, such as subsidies for rich farmers as well as large swathes of the defense sector.

    • Since you seem to be concerned about frivolous spending you should be shocked that Mitch Mconnel single handedly wrote 2 billion in a pork project (dam) in his district into the emergency legislation to reopen the gov yesterday. The GOP shrieks at any wasteful spending and he has the gall to write this into the last minute emergency legislation to reopen the gov. Shameless.

      • Two billion actually isn’t bad, for a dam.

        • The amt of money doesn’t matter, it was the point that the GOP holds themselves at the fiscal stewards, and this entire shutdown was based on the wasteful spending of the gov, and this guy has the ballz to get pork for himself in the process. It’s about as classy as Gingrich giving his ex wife divorce papers while she is nearly dead from cancer.

          • What irks me more is when a guy like Rand Paul and his states rights mantra sponsors abortion legislation tied to D.C.’s budget approval.

          • TG, look at the general complexion of the city and you will understand why Paul and his friends do what they do. DC is the last plantation.

          • “DC is the last plantation.”

            I’m pretty sure DC is a haven of freedom for African-Americans, compared to the rest of the South. Florida, ‘Bama, Mississippi, NC, and Georgia are doing their best to keep blacks dumb, starving, and out of the voting booth.

      • I’m a Democrat and can’t stand McConnell, but he didn’t put the dam project in the bill. It was Lamar Alexander and Diane Feinstein. All the appropiations subcommittees worked to include certain provisions within their jurisdiction in the bill. But don’t let facts get in the way of your rant. http://www.politico.com/story/2013/10/conservatives-mitch-mcconnell-kentucky-kickback-spending-deal-98428.html?hp=l13

  • How embarrassing for the GOP. They shut down the gov, blew all that ridiculous partisan hot air and didn’t get one.single.thing.

    That is except the rage and complete blame of the American people.

    • Everyone keeps saying that people are blaming the GOP for the shutdown, but I’m not convinced they are. People here are a lot more in the know than people in say, the middle of the country. I fear that those people are only seeing what Fox News wants them to see. I’ve seen many ignorant comments blaming the ACA and Obama for the shut down, so I worry come election season.

      • Most of the coverage I have seen (except for the sources you cite) has gotten it right. The post nailed it today.

        “The agreement … ended a stalemate created last month, when hard-line conservatives pushed GOP leaders to use the threat of shutdown to block a landmark expansion of federally funded health coverage. That campaign succeeded mainly in undermining popular support for the Republican Party, however.”

        • Yes, you’re right about that, though unfortunately I know quite a few conservatives who get their news strictly from Fox or choose to write off other news outlets as being “liberally biased.” That is what worries me. I hope I’m worried for nothing though!

    • Except that those 40 or so who are most conservative are themselves in districts where this behavior will be rewarded next election day. So even if the GOP is experiencing a drop in ratings, these guys are not.

      • I agree, and I think if there’s any GOP backlash, it’s going to affect the moderate Republicans more. The hardest of the hard-liners tended to be from very safe House districts that were drawn to be ultra-conservative–so while much of the rest of the country might have been disgusted, I think a number of their constituents are just as extreme and were cheering them on to stand strong against Obama. While it drives me batty sometimes, I find that a couple of my relatives and their Facebook activity provide a good reminder of the ultra-conservative element in this country and their extremist, obstinate (even in the fact of actual facts to the contrary) line of thinking. (Case in point, I’ve learned through the Facebook rants of relatives and their like-minded friends that there really are people in America who are 100% convinced that President Obama has put into place a massive, tax-wasting program of giving free iPhones–and even iPads, according to some FB commenters!–to people on welfare.)

  • Wondering if any of the Popville family who work as contractors are receiving back pay?

    • you are not getting back pay as a contractor

      • Let me correct that it depends on what type of contract you had. If it was firm fixed price than you should be getting bad but if you company told you would have to use leave or leave without pay then you will not be getting reimbursed.

    • My company paid people throughout, but every other company discontinued pay with no promise for backpay and wouldn’t sign for their employees to collect unemployment (as feds were allowed to do). For all the complaining you’ve heard from feds about this situation, they got it easy. They just got their feeling hurt. The contractors got screwed.

      • Except for the feds who were fortunate enough to keep working the entire time for one of the agencies that had specific pots of money they could still pull from. And the feds living so close to the edge that one missed paycheck really did mean they couldn’t pay their bills. As much as I’d love an extra two weeks off with (back) pay, I’m glad the smart money people at my agency figured out how to afford to keep the trains running so I never had to worry about going broke!

  • I really like that picture in this context.

    Reminds me of the night the shutdown hit close to home… when my gov’t employee neighbors got drunk on a weeknight (hey, no where to go tomorrow!) and attempted skateboard tricks in the street til one of them bashed into my car. Maybe now everyone will start acting their age?

  • I wonder if Home Depot & Duron paints had higher than average sales during the shutdown? And are we going to see a spike in July babies maybe?

  • I didn’t notice any 8-car trains this morning. Not sure that I trust metro is fully back to normal on that.

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