Last fall, federal employees experienced growing anxiety as a government shutdown loomed, and then became a reality on Oct. 1.
Nine months later, it looks like some feds found a (re)productive way to deal with the situation.
Washington news station WNEW reports that there may be something of a baby boomlet in the D.C. area coinciding with the shutdown. At Arlington’s Virginia Hospital Center, 100 more babies were born in the last three months than in the same period in 2013. Sibley Hospital in Washington has seen three more births per day than usual this month.
That’s not exactly scientific proof that feds were working on making babies while they weren’t allowed to work, but it looks like some of them made good use of their free time.
Tom Shoop is vice president and editor in chief at Government Executive Media Group, where he oversees both print and online editorial operations. He started as associate editor of Government Executive magazine in 1989; launched the company’s flagship website, GovExec.com, in 1996; and was named editor in chief in 2007.
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