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As the federal government shutdown drags into its third week, it has become a sort of background noise, present but not always noticeable. Unless you’re a federal worker, that is; Justine Kelly’s a case in point.

She works at the Social Security Administration, and has been working without pay for weeks.

“This is just so demoralizing,” she said at a Democratic party event in Dayton Monday. “I feel like nobody cares. I feel nobody’s listening, like this is all a game.”

Most civilian workers are back at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, although officials say normal operations will remain difficult during the partial government shutdown. But across the Dayton area, Wright-Patt isn’t alone in its woes since the partial federal government shutdown began Oct. 1.

 Nearly 9,000 civilian workers went back to work Monday at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. That’s after the Department of Defense reinterpreted a new law in order to end furlough days.

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 Nearly 9,000 employees of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base remain on emergency furlough following the federal government shutdown, and workers and businesses are worried about the financial impact, particularly if the partial shutdown is prolonged.

Wright-Patt officials estimate that for every day the government stays closed, the Dayton area loses $5 million in wages.

Colonel Cassie Barlow of the 88th Air Base Wing speaks to reporters about a possible emergency furlough.
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As of midnight, October 1st, the U.S. House and Senate had not agreed on a  budget, and the federal government is now implementing a partial shut down for the first time since 1995-1996.

On Tuesday Forbes listed Dayton as one of the top ten cities at risk during a government shutdown. Civilian workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base bear the immediate brunt: approximately 8,700 non-military staff at Wright-Patt received furlough letters Tuesday morning.

The impacts of the partial federal government shutdown are beginning to ripple across Ohio.

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton has closed, canceling all tours and other events. The museum has some 1 million visitors a year and is a popular place for military reunions.  A spokeswoman has said that all but three security staff members of 95 museum employees would be furloughed.

Officials at Ohio's largest military base are bracing for more potential spending cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports a Pentagon directive to reduce spending at management headquarters could affect the Air Force Materiel Command offices at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

The directive from the secretary of defense calls for the 20 percent cut over five years. Details aren't yet known.

The commander of Ohio's largest military base says it could take weeks to catch up on the backlog of work created by the furloughs of thousands of civilian workers.

And Col. Cassie Barlow, 88th Air Base Wing commander at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton, says base leaders have started planning for possible cuts and the potential of furloughs next year.

More than 150 civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base have taken steps to appeal furloughs imposed because of federal budget cuts.

The Dayton Daily News reports that the civil service workers at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base are among 6,800 nationwide attached to the Air Force seeking to be exempted from the forced time off.

A labor union representing thousands of civilian employees at Ohio's largest military base wants them to appeal furlough notices resulting from federal budget cuts.

More than 10,000 civilian employees at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near Dayton began receiving the 11-day furlough notices Friday. The U.S. Department of Defense said 680,000 civilian employees will get the furloughs one day a week for 11 weeks, starting July 8.