Government Shutdown Hits Federal Contractors

7 million full-time jobs estimated to be tied to U.S. government contracts.

Since the U.S. government shutdown started, one-fourth of MicroTechnologies LLC’s workforce of 400 in Vienna, Virginia, has stayed home. The headquarters is like a “ghost town,” Chief Executive Officer Tony Jimenez said.

“I’ve seen more people cry in the last couple of days than the last few years,” Jimenez said in a phone interview yesterday, after six federal agencies he wouldn’t identify told the company to stop work on contracts. “You don’t take people’s jobs and play Russian Roulette with them.”

Expiring Passes

There are an estimated 7 million full-time equivalent jobs tied to U.S. government contracts, Paul Light, a public policy professor at New York University, said in a phone interview.

Furloughs Possible

The company will provide as much notice as possible of furloughs or other potential actions affecting employees, Franz said.

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