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Federal Agency Suggests Workers Barter For Lower Rent During Shutdown

WASHINGTON (AP) — The government is offering advice to federal workers saddled with bills they can’t pay because of the partial federal shutdown that is expected to stretch into the new year.

Federal workers and contractors forced to stay home or work without pay are experiencing mounting stress from the impasse, which is hung up on President Trump’s demand for money to build a border wall.

The Office of Personnel Management is advising furloughed federal workers to speak directly with landlords, mortgage companies and creditors to explain their lack of funds and work out reduced or deferred payment plans.

The OPM suggests that federal workers follow up the calls with letters that recount the conversation and share their phone number, address and the details of the call.

Among the advice, the OPM suggested that renters offer to perform maintenance, such as painting, in exchange for lower rent.

 

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