Over my career I've done a mix of private and government contract work cleaning up toxic waste sites.Interesting, since rec.gov it's a private business
Rich, I beg to differ with the "paid vacation" characterization.Hi Andy,
And if this runs true to past practice, all the "unessential" Federal employees who are not working will get paid anyway.
A further inefficiency, as this basically constitues a paid vacation for them.
Unfortunately they have to gather someplace and hammer out a spending plan to get the doors open again. They've also done a good job of classifying lots of employees as "essential" or finding other ways to continue functions we use (air traffic controllers, TSA, law enforcement, Nat. Park staff, etc.) to keep things functioning so the relatively affluent part of the population doesn't feel an immediate pinch and get too outraged.The entire congress should be escorted out of the building, the lights turned off and the doors locked. This public theater at the expense of tax payers must stop.
Skiing or job hunting. As I mentioned, the administration and congress shown antipathy toward public servants (pay freezes, undermining the pension and benefit plans, etc.) and indeed the idea of having a functional government is an annoyance to many of their core constituents. And tradition and precedent have been broken by the current administration like no other. So I'd expect there's a lot more uncertainty than usual about whether those checks for back pay will arrive.I'll try again. If this isn't resolved by Monday, it's likely that some "nonessential" Federal employees on the Front Range will be making day-by-day decisions about where to ski during the work week, at the psychic cost of not knowing exactly when the retroactive check will arrive.
I'm thinking the Rec. gov. will be up and running long before the permit season starts and if not before Jan 31st they will extend the application time. So I'm not too worried about the rafting season. If they are not up by March 20th I may have to slip onto a river without proper documentation in my pocket.