Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Government Shutdown Proves to be Formidable Hurdle for Communicators

However long this government shutdown lasts, one thing is certain: this is a huge challenge for government communicators. Many are currently on furlough, making their ability to respond to communications issues nearly impossible. Some communications channels have shut down completely, but there are still many essential employees going about their business (though the workplace is likely working with a skeleton crew). Some agencies are forging on because they still have funds, but are facing furloughs should the shutdown extend for a lengthy period of time.

This situation provides us with an unpleasant case study, and most if not all federal employees can comment on this. For those of you who can provide an opinion, what’s your take on the government shutdown as it relates to government communications? If you were a furloughed employee, how would you handle your potential return to work, not to mention the present? 


NAGC said...

(comment from John Verrico, NAGC President-Elect)

It is important to note that political theatrics are not the business of government that communicators should be involved in. Unfortunately, it taints the image of the entire government, putting us communicators in the very uncomfortable position of having to be the ones on the front lines communicating to public as to why the government is not providing the services we promised . During the shutdown, most government communicators cannot even do that much, since we are prohibited from working and doing the job that the American public wants us to do. I would be interested to hear how our fellows are handling this.

Anonymous said...

I was surprised at first that the websites that are down didn't have at least a static landing landing page. But then again, I'm not sure how I would handle it if I were to have this happen to my organization.