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.
|Department||Employees||% Out||Furloughed||Stay Home||Must Work|
|NASA||18,134||0.97||17,590||NASA TV||Space Station|
|Interior||72,562||0.81||58,775||Park Visit Ctrs||Fish Hatcheries|
|Treasury||112,461||0.8||89,969||Wine Permits||Money printers|
|Transportation||55,468||0.33||18,304||Auto Recalls||Air Traffic|
Internal Revenue Service (little people have no more to tax)
CIA drone assassination program