Feds Facing Financial Hardships During the Shutdown Have Some Options for Relief

Government Executive | January 03, 2019

Fewer federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown are signing up for unemployment benefits than in the last instance of agencies shuttering for an extended period, but the cash-strapped workers increasingly have other options. A slew of financial institutions is offering perks to employees experiencing financial hardship during the shutdown, ranging from no-interest loans to refunding normal fees.

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Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony after a bilateral meeting with Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, at The White House on June 12, 2019.

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Donald Trump participates in a signing ceremony after a bilateral meeting with Andrzej Duda, President of Poland, at The White House on June 12, 2019.

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