Our Federal Agencies: Where Are Our Priorities?
With the federal shutdown looming over us and a nation still reeling from its effects, it’s a real eye opener to see what is considered essential in America and what will go by the wayside. While many federal agencies were barely affected during the stalemate in Congress, the shutdown hit hard on others. Take a look at the government’s main priorities and what was let go while funds were frozen. It’s frightening to think what would happen if the members of congress and the president don’t find a way to meet in the middle.
Keeping the Money Flowing: Essential Services
The Department of State, the Federal Reserve, and the United States Postal Service were not affected by the shutdown. However, these vital agencies are funded in a variety of ways, such as self funding and stock contributions. If they relied on federal monies, it is likely they would have felt the pain of cutbacks as well. The powers that be decided that the Department of Homeland Security, Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Justice, and Department of Defense should be given priority and the majority of the staff remained in business. However, thousands of workers were furloughed.
Which Agencies Went by the Wayside?
Nearly half of all employees for the Department of Transportation were furloughed. More than half of all staff for Health and Human Services were forced to go without pay. The Department of Energy was run by a skeleton crew. The Institutes of Health was hit hard as well with over half of its force on furlough, having a great impact on patients who count on trials and innovative treatment alternatives. Even the White House was provided with bare bones staffing, with nearly three quarters of the president’s support staff on furlough. The Department of the Interior and the Department of the Treasury was also forced to place most of its employees on furlough.
The Public’s Safety Was Being Neglected
The government shutdown suggested public safety wasn’t a priority. Food inspectors, aviation safety inspectors, and auto recall inspectors were furloughed. It’s quite disheartening to think the government didn’t care about its citizens.
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Written by Cowboy on October 23rd, 2013 | Tagged as: Popular Culture