370,000 executive branch workers to be furloughed during shutdown
WASHINGTON – At least 370,000 employees of the Obama administration would be furloughed in the short-term during a government shutdown, according to data compiled by Government Executive.
A shutdown would occur if Congress fails to pass a measure budget deal or resolution to continue funding the government after money expires Friday at midnight. Such a scenario looked all but inevitable Friday afternoon.
Some agencies would lose the vast majority of their workers. The Environmental Protection Agency would lose 16,061 of 17,721 employees. the Small Business Administration would lose 2,102 out of 3,230, and the Government Accountability Office would retain fewer than 30 of their 3,000 workers.
Other agencies hit hard with furloughs would be the Departments of Labor (14,449 out of 16,099 workers), Interior (at least 52,000 of 68,900) and Treasury (92,000 of 127,000).
The Department of Energy would face no short-term furloughs, and the Department of Homeland Security and Social Security Administration would retain most of their employees.
A Senate aide said Congress has yet to finalize which staffers would stick around during a shutdown.
Read the agency-by-agency furlough data at Government Executive.