Unfortunately we've now crossed into this partial government shutdown being THE LONGEST IN THE HISTORY OF the United States of America. Technically this can hit a "Reduction In Force" stage where people just go off alert status and get canned. Would you believe that that is only a mere 8 days away? I had to check the OPM book but that's how long we've got. I haven't told my family yet but thankfully I'm in the top 40 or so on my unit's particular seniority list for my employee type.