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Hundreds of thousands of federal employees around the country could be furloughed if the federal government shuts down. But they're not the only ones whose jobs would be at risk. Federal contractors' jobs depend on the government operations too.
Commuting this week may seem more like the dog days of August when everybody is out of town on vacation.
When bad weather strikes the D.C. metro area, the federal government can shut down. But that doesn't mean federal workers are off the hook.
Metro could lose millions in federal grants used to make repairs and improvements if the sequester takes effect. Fare revenue is also likely to drop as fewer federal employees take Metro to work.
Now that President Obama has issued an executive order giving most executive branch employees off Monday for Christmas Eve, will he also grant them the day off on New Year's Eve?
Federal agencies and departments are closed by executive order on Monday, Dec. 24. The closure does not affect the USPS.
Overall, federal workers say they like their careers.
Fifty-five percent of respondents believe there is widespread abuse in the federal government, according to the poll conducted by Heart+Mind Strategies between May 11 and May 18. Two- thirds of those polled, however, say their view of federal workers hasn't been further dampened by Secret Service agents soliciting prostitutes while on duty in Colombia or lavish spending at a General Services Administration conference in Las Vegas.
Active and retired federal workers and folks in the military failed to pay $3,420,168,684 on federal taxes in 2010, according to the IRS, which tracks the dollars by agency.