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A year after the shutdown, federal contractors still digging out of a financial hole

Jan 24, 2020
The longest government shutdown in U.S. history has had lasting effects for workers.
Government workers protest the shutdown on Jan. 10, 2019, in Chicago.
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Three months after the shutdown, some workers still feel its effects

Apr 25, 2019
"There's still that insecurity. You want the cash on hand," said government contractor Sunny Blaylock.
Sunny and Seth Blaylock with their two kids, Stella and Tiger.
Sunny Blaylock

Coming back to work after the shutdown

Feb 6, 2019
It was a bittersweet return for one government contractor.
"Financially and emotionally, I can't shoulder another month, another 8 percent income reduction, for the government to get their act together," Sunny Blaylock says.
Courtesy of Sunny Blaylock

What happens when losing a paycheck becomes a regular thing

Jan 16, 2019
As a government contractor, Janet Martin weathered several shutdowns. But losing pay changed how she thinks about money.
Retired government contractor Janet Martin endured many government shutdowns during her career, and those experiences still affect how she lives her life.
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The list of companies that want to build the wall is growing

Mar 2, 2017
The government is getting ready to solicit bids to design and build border wall prototypes.
A stretch of wall between Nogales, Arizona, and Mexico.
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Do federal contractors save the government money?

Jul 31, 2015
The U.S. keeps replacing its full-time workers with contract employees.

$10.10: Just a nice even number?

Jan 28, 2014
Why did President Obama choose $10.10 as the new minimum wage for federal contractors? And, wait, which federal workers are paid minimum wage?

For public good, not for profit.

Obamacare: What we have here is a failure to integrate

Oct 24, 2013
After problems with the Coast Guard's massive Deepwater acquisition program, the federal government has moved away from hiring outside systems integrators, opting to coordinate big projects in-house.

Government shutdown 2013 and the (sometimes) lowly contractor

Oct 3, 2013
There are 800,000 government workers who aren't being paid. But how about the hundreds of thousands of government contractors?