October 23, 2013 | Volume 100 / Number 42

Workers Catching Up After End Of Shutdown

When the federal government shutdown ended last Thursday, local federal employees returned to work and tried to catch up after 16 days of furlough.

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Mike Hagfeldt, the chief of the USDA office, said they were trying to get back into the swing of things.

“On Oct. 1 we just had to up and leave,” he said.

The bad part was they were just about to send CRP payments, and then the DCP (direct countercyclical payments) were going to go out.

He estimated that $7 million in payments were delayed but hoped that by Monday this week that everything would be back to “as normal as things can be.”...

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