Furloughed again? Reply

gone fishing Government Shutdown! 

Al GoreAl Gore to the Brookings Institute on September 27: “Nice global economy you’ve got there. It would be a shame if we had to destroy it. Here’s our demands. If you don’t meet our deadline. We’ll blow up the economy. (This is) a despicable and dishonorable threat to the integrity of the United States.”

So Federal employees are being forced to take furlough which means they are temporarily laid off. Today marks the first full day when many government employees will no longer be on the job. They will have to take unpaid leave. According to the Federal government Blog roughly 650,000 Defense Department employees will be forced to go fishing (!!) or occupy their time doing other things. These furloughs are hitting beyond the borders of the United States and  affecting some very disappointed and unhappy tourists who wanted to visit the American cemetery in Normandy. Here’s a recent  CBS news broadcast which describes how people are feeling:

 So how do you know who’s absent? As all professionals do, federal employees will have to put up auto-reply messages to notify e-mailers that they are absent leaving messages like this one: “I am furloughed today but will return [DATE]. Please contact me during my regular hours on non-furlough days.”

Furlough day runners

Some federal and defense department employees, however, had some more creative ideas and they took to the Facebook group “How I Spent My Furlough Day” — Here are the best five:

5) From Bruce Krapovicky: “I am currently furloughed and unable to respond to your email. If this were a weekend or a holiday I would respond to your email on my Blackberry, but federal employees are not permitted to use their BBs or perform any work on furlough days. Your national security is important to me. Please leave a message and I will get back with you tomorrow.”

4) From Joshua Marcuse: “Thank you for your message. Due to unexpectedly high volume of incompetence, intransigence, and irresponsibility by the elected leadership of this great country, we are experiencing 20 percent delays. Please hold until a public servant is available to assist you. Your email will be answered in the order it was received. Thank you.”

3) From Kelli Seybolt: “Furloughed! In case of emergency please contact the Senate Appropriations Committee at 202-224-7363 and request supplemental funding. I will return your call as soon as possible.”

2) From Andrea Yaffe: “Today’s my furlough day. I am supposed to do 20 percent less work. You’ll find out on Monday whether your email is part of the other 80 percent.”

And, the number one fake out-of-office message is…

1) From Scott Buchanan: “It’s against the law for me to check my blackberry today, so I’m going to the beach instead.”

And if you think these furlough days are only affecting American territories on earth…think again…the Federal shutdown is even affecting Space as attested by the following video from NASA:

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