Mini-Me: 2 Million, Not 800,000, Involuntarily Furloughed

Corruption, Government, Idiocy, Ineptitude
Who?  Mini-Me?
Who? Mini-Me?


800,000 is the number of federal employees involuntarily furloughted.

The total number is much, much worse.

Over 800,000 contractors, perhaps as many as 1.2 million, were subjected to various forms of involuntary leave, furlough, and outright firing.  The best companies are offering some work-arounds, such as posting hours to the last authorized pay period to be paid now and worked off later in overtime, but most companies are simply folding.

Meanwhile, money continues via various channels for a number of programs and systems that are questionable, at best, in comparison to what is being done to our human capital.

DepartmentEmployees% OutFurloughedStay HomeMust Work
NASA18,1340.9717,590NASA TVSpace Station
EPA16,2050.9415,233Pesticide Superfund
Interior72,5620.8158,775Park Visit CtrsFish Hatcheries
Treasury112,4610.889,969Wine PermitsMoney printers
HHS78,1980.5240,663InspectorsLab Animals
Transportation55,4680.3318,304Auto RecallsAir Traffic
Social Security62,3430.2918,079ActuariesClaims
DHS231,1170.1432,356TrainersSecret Service

Source: NYT


Internal Revenue Service (little people have no more to tax)

US Intelligence Community analysts and administrations (70%)


CIA drone assassination program

CIA ramping up covert training program for moderate Syrian rebels

NSA (making us less safe)

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