Federal Employees Show Up, No Pay

Federal WorkersMEDFORD, Ore. — As long as the government is shutdown, essential workers have to show up, but for federal law enforcement agents that means putting their lives on the line without getting paid.

“Essential” employees are those responsible for national security and public safety. The Drug Enforcement Administration, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives, FBI and the U.S. Marshal’s Service are in that category.

Though some support staff are furloughed in those agencies, local law enforcement can get information and assistance it needs from those departments.

“That doesn’t stop our ability in this community to be public servants and take care of what we need to take care of; meaning, we can reach out to our federal and state partners very easily,” said Jackson County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Monty Holloway.

DOJ employees currently working, and not getting paid, will eventually be compensated if Congress reaches an agreement.

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  1. Ryan says:

    I am all for sending federal workers in Oregon home for good. They are making the government shutdown as hard on people as possible. Why else would they close parks and campgrounds that are not funded or operated by the federal government. The good ones could be hired back as state employees.

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