Once his vacation time is depleted, probably by the end of next week, he'll go on unpaid leave and start scouring his spending for "anything that's discretionary." His company warned that it might start laying people off.
"I've been eating in more," Hills said.
The Ferrises, meanwhile, are using the furlough to update their resumes and brush off their LinkedIn networks. One of them, they've decided, had better get away from government work.
"We love public service," Lena Farris said. "We're very committed to our jobs and the mission of our agency. But it's just too unstable."