Photo by PoPville flickr user District Shots
My husband was laid off this morning as a result of the shut down. He is not a federal employee and does not have a federal ID as many contractors have. Unfortunately his private company relies on federal contracts (land management and tree maintenance) and is unable to continue work on those contracts due to the shutdown. As a result they laid off about 10% of their staff this morning and told the remaining staff to expect additional layoffs in the coming weeks if this shut down does not end.
In looking for resources that may be of assistance to us, I have discovered that most of the available resources (community kitchens, financial assistance etc.) require a federal ID. Do you know how others that are furloughed/laid off as a result of the shut down but don’t have a federal ID are accessing these resources?”
Another reader asks:
“I was wondering since you’ve had coverage of the furlough whether you have suggestions on what charities are providing direct aid (food banks, meals, clothing, etc.) to Federal workers and contractors. I’ve been both, and I feel sympathy for the individuals and families suffering through the shutdown.” (more…)
1/21/2017 photo by PoPville flickr user Kevin Carroll
Ed. Note: I’d be curious to know how many folks plan on participating this year.
“On Saturday, January 19, 2019, there will be First Amendment demonstrations in the District of Columbia, to include the Women’s March. In conjunction with these events, there will be several street closures and parking restrictions the public and motorists should take into consideration:
The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m:
E Street NW, from 14th Street, NW to 11th Street, NW (both sides)
Pennsylvania Avenue, NW from 15th Street, NW to 9th Street, NW (both sides)
13th Street, NW from F Street, NW to Pennsylvania Avenue, NW (both sides)
11th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to E Street, NW (both sides)
10th Street, NW from Pennsylvania Avenue, NW to Constitution Avenue, NW
The following streets will be closed from 6:30 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m: (more…)
Thanks to Syndey for sharing this awesomeness:
“Federal employee: Wake Me Up When the Shutdown Ends.
When we all missed our first paycheck this weekend, I decided to make this music video to cope.”
Thanks to Tom for sending:
“have you seen these? A group was handing them out around the White House. No organization identified”
Anyone else get one? If you did, where did you get yours and were there “articles” in the whole paper?
Update: Whoa – they sent email blasts out too:
Update from “The Desk of the Yes Men”: (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Juven Jacob
“On Friday, January 18, 2019, there will be First Amendment demonstrations in the District of Columbia, to include the March for Life. In conjunction with these events, there will be several street closures and parking restrictions the public and motorists should take into consideration:
The following streets will be posted as Emergency No Parking from 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m: (more…)
From a press release:
“Norton Announces Senate Lands Package Includes Her Bill to Allow D.C. to Work with NPS to Make Improvements to Franklin Park
Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) today announced that a federal lands package introduced by Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) contains Norton’s bill that clarifies that the District of Columbia and the National Park Service (NPS) have the authority to enter into cooperative management agreements (CMAs) to maintain and operate NPS properties in the District, such as Franklin Park. Last Congress, Murkowski introduced the Senate companion to Norton’s bill. The rehabilitation of Franklin Park would be funded through a public-private partnership between NPS, the D.C. government and the Downtown Business Improvement District. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Harrison Jones
From Madams Organ (2461 18th Street, NW):
“Tonight from 9-10pm Madams Organ will be giving free drinks to furloughed government employees with ID.”
Well this my be my favorite offer yet: Rosetta Stone is offering a free 3-month subscription to furloughed government workers.
“Rosetta Stone sympathizes with federal employees impacted by the shutdown. Try to take your mind off of the shutdown by learning a new language. Email us at [email protected] during this offer period to claim a 3-month, no-cost online subscription for any of our available languages. Please include the name of the government department or agency you work for. This offer is good through January 31, 2019. (more…)
Photo by PoPville flickr user Bekah Richards
Press Release: “D.C. is the Most Affected by the Government Shutdown
With the U.S. government closed for business for the 21st time since 1976, this time with a partial shutdown, the personal-finance website WalletHub today released its report on the States Most & Least Affected by the 2019 Government Shutdown to add some hard data to all the rhetoric.”
But while we’re on the topic – one reader asks:
“Can you poll PoPville on who has been effected by the shutdown? I’m curious how many people are in stop work status and how a lot of consulting companies are handling it? My company is letting us go burn our paid time off, but after that we are on leave without pay.”