Government Employees Sent Home Can Find Work on

October 6, 2013

3:25 pm

Thanks to the US government shutdown, about 800,000 “non-essential” workers found themselves on unpaid leave. The Pentagon will be calling back many of its 350,000 employees, but for the rest, there’s is a job board for furloughed workers to help them find temporary projects. Built by the DC tech community, specifically BLEN Corp in partnership with 1776, it features almost 40 gigs in everything from development and graphic design to policy analysis to blogging and writing. Companies looking for workers include 1776, the OpenGov Foundation, and local startups, and anyone can post jobs.

In addition to a job board,’s  directory of freelancers lets furloughed workers list their skills and location. About 30 freelancers are currently on the site.

But not all furloughed employees are eligible. “For federal workers, it’s important to note that they should check the ethics guidance for their individual agency before engaging in outside work. Furlough or not, they are still employees of the Federal government,” the site advises.

On Saturday, the House approved legislation to provide retroactive pay to furloughed workers, but the measure still needs to pass the Senate.

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Kira M. Newman is a Tech Cocktail writer interested in the harsh reality of entrepreneurship, work-life balance, and psychology. She is the founder of The Year of Happy and has been traveling around the world interviewing entrepreneurs in Asia, Europe, and North America since 2011. Follow her @kiramnewman or contact

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