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View Diary: Government Shutdown: What It Is, and What It Isn't (Update x1) (88 comments)

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  •  No, things just got backlogged (0+ / 0-)

    My office had three or four people at work (without the promise of pay) signing documents that legally had to be signed while a couple of hundred of us stayed home.

    All of the normal work was waiting when we returned, but all of it was two weeks late.

    •  What would have ended up happening (0+ / 0-)

      in my situation is the operations side would have been illegally entering into improper contracts because none of us would have been in the office to approve funding obligations. Which means we would have no leverage on pricing and after the fact we would have to go back to ratify all of those obligations which is a huge administrative headache and can take weeks if not months. And all that time vendors who provided the services would not be able to be paid.

      •  In our situation... (0+ / 0-)

        we weren't having to deal with the Anti-Deficiency Act; instead we were in the position of having to properly administer contracts already entered into (for which the money had already been obligated but not spent), or projects that needed to be inspected on a certain time schedule or other things needed to happen...for instance loans already committed for mortgage insurance that also involved other financing had to be closed because of funding deadlines on the part of the other sources.

        And of course the people who came to work to sign off on payments and loan closing documents and to answer the phones had no idea when or if they were going to be paid.

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