Reporting Maria Medina
SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The end of the federal government shutdown means it’s back to work for workers furloughed for more than two weeks.
While CBS13 was interviewing Special Agent Scott Mumper, Congress reached an agreement and he would receive an email saying he could be going back to work on Thursday.
Mumper is an investigator for the inspector general who works on felony fraud cases—cases that have been put on hold during the shutdown.
“As a taxpayer, I’m a little upset by the fact there’s a lot of special agents that could be ferreting out fraud, but instead they’re at home,” he said.
We met Mumper on Day 1 of the government shutdown as he packed his car to head home. Day 1 turned into week 1, then 2.
He spent time on house projects, and with his family.
“This is my federal furlough door. Brand new paint,” he said.
He’s one of the lucky ones who was financially prepared to get through the shutdown.
But he says some of his colleagues aren’t, and neither are thousands of nonfederal workers also affected by the furloughs.
“It’s far more reaching than the 800,000 furloughed employees,” he said.
With a budget deal now reached, his voicemail will change when he’s able to return to work. But he says he’s very aware there’s no permanent solution.
“If they’re going to kick the can down the road again, and they’re going to just extend to November or December, you’re going to be interviewing me again in another month or two,” he said.