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they still get their normal vacation days, plus every Holiday...

Pretty sweet deal!


Actually, some Federal employees will lose vacation days becaue of the furlough and the rules regarding the maximum number of days of vacation that can be held over from one year to the next. There are provisions to help some employees out, but not everyone will be able to take advantage of it. You can carry over use-or-lose leave because of the furlough -- but you can't carry it over for two years. I have at least one and probably several colleagues who are in that situation.

That said, being a Federal employee is indeed a good thing. Federal contractors, particularly those who work for themselves rather than a company, got a really raw deal. My ex, who is a contractor, had almost no income during the furlough and won't be able to recoupe any of it.

ThyPeace, picking up a couple of kid-related expenses to help with that.
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