posted by ptown_trojans_1
Yeah, that is the current situation. Outside the State Department, which found some magical funds recently, most of the civilian agencies are working for free. They will get the back pay, but they are working for free right now.
The contractors are getting screwed as they most likely will not get back pay.
It would be irresponsible to pay a contractor for work not being done. Anyone who works as a contractor, should know the risks. With that being said there are plenty of scenarios where the contractors will continue to work and get paid during a shut down or will eventually be paid for the performance of the contract.