‘Stop and start’ Government: remembering the 2013 shutdown

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As national lawmakers bicker over a federal budget and possible government shutdown, one local attorney might say he’s “seen it before.”

William Ihlenfeld worked 20 years in public service.

For his final job in the government he served as U-S Attorney for the Northern District of West Virginia.

Now in private practice, Ihlenfeld said from personal experience budget arguments leading to a shutdown demoralize employees and force managers to lose focus on everyday tasks.

Partner, Bailey & Glasser, William Ihlenfeld II said, “When you’re deciding who’s ‘essential’, and who’s ‘non-essential’, and when you’re telling someone, that they’re ‘non-essential’ and don’t need to come into work on Monday that has an impact on morale.  And that can have a lasting impact.  And even if we don’t have a shutdown tonight at midnight as some are predicting the damage has already been done.”

Ihlenfeld believes the 2013 shutdown came about as an unnecessary exercise of politics, and those responsible for crafting the federal budget have little if any idea how their current actions affect the federal workforce.

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