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  1. I'm not without a sense of humor and I even appreciate the intent here. Honest. I think that a lot of people don't get how serious a prolonged shut down really is. It's not the GS-15s and SESes that are suffering. It's the $30k a year TSA workers. And it's the contractors who support them. I work for a government contractor and we've got about a quarter of our work force furloughed without pay right now. Every single day this drags on we're operating in the red. Unlike the government we won't get back pay when this ends. We have all donated all of our vacation for the year to the people who are furloughed in the hope we can prevent layoffs for a little while longer. But rest assured, if this goes on they're coming. I'll be on that list, even though I'm part of the defense business. What does the average Joe think is going to happen to his 401(k) when companies like Boeing and Lockheed and SAIC have to tell the street they're going to miss their earnings projections? This booming economy is going to come to a screeching halt. But far more important than TSA workers, or my job, or your 401(k) is that a government that is shut down isn't a government at all I'm a pretty strict constitunalist and a proponent of small government. Even more so, I'm a tax payer who gets angry just about every day at the bloat and inefficiency of government. But I'm also a realist, and understand how our economy works. And if this shutdown goes on, all of us are going to feel it. I'm off my soap box. Back to the funny. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Teach your children well..

    My two youngest both shot 10m competitive air rifle at the American Legion. It's really a pretty cool program and the kids start pretty young. I'd suggest looking into it if you want to give your kids a chance to learn marksmanship without paying for a whole lot of ammo. And yes, my daughter is a better shot than my son. (A fact that drives him crazy). In fact, she specifically asked me if I would take her to the range next weekend. How many almost 16 year old kids do you know that want to go do something with their dad? Teach your children indeed. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Gillett razor

    I stopped using gillette's products and got a straight razor when I learned that Mr. Gillette was a pioneer in the concept of "loss leader" marketing. Sell the public the razor's handle at a loss and make a killing on blades for life. That having been said, I only shave my neck anyway. I'm wondering at what point someone decides to report me to HR for flaunting the fact that I'm a man by having a beard. I'm kind of kidding, but someone somewhere believes the fact that I have facial hair is a "microagression". I'm sure of it. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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    Does Anyone Here Enjoy Cigars?

    Yup. Actually own a cigar business. At one time I probably averaged four a day. Waaaaaaaay less than that now. For my money, hands down the consistently best cigars for the money come out of the My Father factory in Esteli, Nicaragua. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  6. Eh... probably not a whole lot that isn't covered by other people here. But I have been in the defense business for a long time both in and out of uniform. Having been the P&L owner on many a contract the thought of having someone not code a time card correctly--regardless of what a PITA it might be for the PM and the payroll folks-- gives me the heebie jeebies. Infinitely better to tick them off then to tick off the people responsible for the approved accounting system and the auditors. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
  7. Wow...after literal years of lurking I can't believe it is this thread that gets me to register and account, but it is. I'm going to skip all the what should you you do about your payroll guy advice and go straight to the important part: If you're working for a large publicly traded company that is doing work for the feds, (at least if you're doing defense work) you almost certainly have something called a DCAA approved accounting system. That acronym is for the Defense Contract Auditing Agency. The civil side of government has something along the same lines but I dont know what it is off the top of my head... Anyway! Here's the important part. You are *required by law* to report *accurately* the actual number of hours that you work on a project. Not under report, not over report, not put forty hours a week down regardless of how much you actually worked. There are lots of reasons for this and if you're working more hours could have an impact on your project depending on the contract type. If it's what is called a cost reimbursable or t&m contract the government is paying your company directly against the number of hours you bill. If you're on what's called an FFP contract you billing more hours starts screwing with your company's internal projects for thing like gross and contribution margin which turns into new SG&A numbers later blah blah blah. It's boring stuff and you dont care. Just know you're probably being a pain in the rump to someone in the company because you're working more hours than they are budgeting for. Guess what? You are infinitely less of a pain in the rear screwing with profit projections because you're working more hours than budgeted than if the DCAA audits you and they find you've inaccurately reported your hours. Want to see a COO have a bad morning? Be there when DCAA shows up for a random floor check. I've probably seen it a dozen and a half times in my life. It's always stressful. Though it would have to be egregious and clearly fraudulent, any inaccuracies on a time card could lead to serious consequences for your company. Evem as far as being prohibited from working for the feds again. Cliff's notes: do not under any circumstances submit a phony timecard when working on a federal contract. Let the company tell you to either shut down at eight hours a day every day or give you some other guidance for what they want you to do. But if you work it, document it. If you dont work it, dont say that you did. That is the only way you can keep yourself on the right side of the law. Sent from my SAMSUNG-SM-G930A using Tapatalk
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