Infographic Sheds Light on Essential Agencies During Furloughs
Monday, November 25, 2013

How ”essential” is your federal agency? A new infographic from attempts to answer that question by ranking agencies according to the percentage of workers who remained on the job during last month’s shutdown.

The figures reveal that federal agencies varied dramatically. For example, 95 percent of employees from the VA continued to work, compared to only three percent of NASA’s workforce. 

Check out the infographic below. For more details, go to



About the Author

Ryann K. Ellis is an editor for the Association of Talent Development (ATD). She has been covering workplace learning and performance for ATD (formerly the American Society for Training & Development) since 1995. She currently manages ATD's Community of Practice blogs, as well as ATD's government-focused magazine, The Public Manager. Contact her at 

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