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Which employees are considered non-essential by the federal government?

Updated: Monday, September 30 2013, 07:06 PM CDT
Reported by Kristine Frazao:

Washington D.C. -- It’s gone from weeks to days to now hours.  In Washington D.C., the deadline over a government shutdown is now here.

It has caused many Americans to ask about essential versus non-essential employees, those who would be furloughed in the event of a shutdown. 

It went from “it doesn’t have to happen and it’s not gonna happen this time,” to many now calling a shutdown inevitable.

In all, about 3.3 million people are employed by the government.  Of those, about 783,000 government employees would stay home.

People who stay at home are deemed non-essential by the government.

“If the government shuts down my wife doesn’t go to work and she had 10 furlough days
because of the sequester already this year,” commented Washington D.C. resident JT Taransky.

Some of the agencies that will feel the impact the most include the Department of Defense, Treasury Department and the Department of the Interior.

50 percent of the Defense Department's 800,000 employees are considered non-essential.

80 percent of the Treasury Department's 112,000 employees are also considered non-essential, as are 81 percent of those with the Department of the Interior.

National park workers are non-essential.  In addition, the majority of the Environmental Protection Agency regulators are non-essential.

“They’re not non-essential.  Nobody’s non-essential,” commented one person.

“I’m sure they’re doing something.  Otherwise if they weren’t they wouldn’t be employed,” stated someone else.

So why are so many non-essential workers employed?

“When the government shuts down on Tuesday, if the government shuts down on Oct. 1, taxpayers are going to see that the sun is going to come up, that everything’s going to be fine but let’s start the debate,” stated David Williams with the Taxpayer Protection Alliance.

That debate is why the government employs so many people who are deemed non-essential.

“If they’re really that non-essential why are we having them to start with,” questions Walt Spurlock.

“At some point somebody’s got to draw the line and if they don’t quit spending they’re not going to be able to pay for things anyway,” added Connie Spurlock.

Things like tens of thousands of workers the government deems as non-essential.Which employees are considered non-essential by the federal government?

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