5 federal workers: What job cuts mean to me

Thousands of federal workers lost jobs, and millions will stay at home without pay due to budget cuts. Five workers share their tough choices.

Expects $900 cut from monthly salary

vincent ackerman federal employees
  • Who: Vincent Ackerman, 50
  • Job status: Expects a furlough

Ackerman has worked for four years as a brigade barracks manager at Fort Bragg in North Carolina. He's "preparing for the worst," and expects a furlough to cut his salary by $900 each month.

A military veteran, with a total of 29 years working in defense jobs, Ackerman has also served in three combat tours.

He blames the rise of the anti-government Tea Party movement within the Republican Party for the federal budget cuts. He says Tea Party enthusiasts have made it impossible for Washington leaders to get a fair deal to cut deficits.

"We're going to be very cautious about where we spend our money. I will not spend 1 cent on a Tea-Party owned business," said Ackerman.

Have you received a furlough or termination notice from the federal government? We want to hear from you. Email us your story and you could be a part of our ongoing coverage of federal budget cuts.
  @jenliberto - Last updated March 12 2013 11:00 AM ET

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