Bill Would Give Feds Immediate Financial Relief From Shutdown Through $6,000 Loans

Government Executive | January 17, 2019

As the shutdown drags on into its 27th day, lawmakers are attempting to alleviate some of the financial pain felt by affected federal employees. A bill introduced by newly-elected Rep. TJ Cox, D-Calif., on Thursday would offer employees at shuttered agencies a no-interest loan of up to $6,000 to help pay mortgages and cover bills for other necessities. A credit check would not be necessary in order to qualify, and the amount of the loan would be automatically deducted from the recipient’s paycheck once government reopens.

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Government organizations are at high risk of cyber attacks. Cyberterrorists, hacktivists, and other criminals aim not only to disrupt public services but also to retrieve critical and confidential data that can be used for political or financial gain. In addition, many governments are increasing their online services to citizens in the interest of austerity, efficiency, and transparency. The impact of any attack on citizens and the economy could be significant and long-lasting.

Spotlight

Government organizations are at high risk of cyber attacks. Cyberterrorists, hacktivists, and other criminals aim not only to disrupt public services but also to retrieve critical and confidential data that can be used for political or financial gain. In addition, many governments are increasing their online services to citizens in the interest of austerity, efficiency, and transparency. The impact of any attack on citizens and the economy could be significant and long-lasting.

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