My daughter works for one of the contractors that do government work, so when I was chatting with her last night, I asked her about the situation. I know that she has friends who actually work for the government side, and they have to interact with each other to make sure that the contractor and the government are both on the same page with whatever the project is that they are doing. She said that everyone she knows is still working, and that the DOD has not shut down any of its workers. Apparently, they are all getting paid just fine. However, she said that some of the other government workers are not being paid right now, and some of them still have to report for work. The ones who do not have to report for work, and are basically on furlough, can collect unemployment or find a temporary job somewhere ; but the ones who have to come to work can’t do that. Probably , most of the civilian employees at the arsenal are also working with the DOD, or for NASA, and that is why they are all still working. She is also really upset that none of this affects the lawmakers in Congress, and so the shutdown happens all of the time, regardless of who the President is.