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Between snow days, official holidays and the government shutdown, federal employees have worked a normal business day less than 75 percent of the time since Oct. 1, marking a startlingly chaotic beginning to the fiscal year.

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In this photo taken Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, UAW Secretary Treasurer Dennis Williams speaks with the media inside the Chattanooga Electrical Apprenticeship and Training Center in Chattanooga, Tenn. Volkswagen employees at the Chattanooga plant on Friday voted against representation by the United Auto Workers labor union. (AP Photo/Chattanooga Times Free Press, Erin O. Smith) THE DAILY CITIZEN OUT; NOOGA.COM OUT; CLEVELAND DAILY BANNER OUT; LOCAL INTERNET OUT

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Kansas state Rep. Valdenia Winn, D-Kansas City, asks questions about health care legislation during a House committee hearing, Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kan. Winn is skeptical of the measure, which brings Kansas into a compact with other states seeking to exempt themselves from the federal health care overhaul. (AP Photo/John Hanna)

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Workers labor at their stations during a visit by former U.S. President Bill Clinton to the new apparel manufacturer Industrial Revolution II, S.A. in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014. Clinton visited the manufacturer, which plans to reinvest half its profits into a health care and education program. The former U.S. president is in a two-day trip to Haiti to visit several projects that focus on agriculture and the environment. (AP Photo/Dieu Nalio Chery)

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FILE - This June 2013 file photo shows one of the new cell blocks of the North Dakota State Penitentiary in Bismarck, N.D. Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation officials hope to start using the new facilities by July, 2013. North Dakota's robust economy has led to a record population, the lowest unemployment rate in the nation and thousands of more jobs than takers. But the state's economic miracle led by its oil bonanza also has resulted in plenty of problems, including more crime and increasingly overcrowded prison and jail cells. A state commission made up of lawmakers, judges, lawyers and law enforcement officials is looking for ways to free up limited lockup space without compromising public safety. (AP Photo/Bismarck Tribune, Will Kincaid, File)

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Protesters applaud a speaker during a protest outside Health Ministry in Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Several thousand supporters of a Communist labor union marched in central Athens Tuesday to protest an overhaul of the country's national health system that has led to months of strikes. The government has ordered a shake up of the main health care fund EOPYY, stopping the agency's direct involvement on care provision. The changes were introduced as part of the country's bailout commitments. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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Elderly men shout slogans during a protest outside Health Ministry in Athens on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Several thousand supporters of a Communist labor union marched in central Athens Tuesday to protest an overhaul of the country's national health system that has led to months of strikes. The government has ordered a shake up of the main health care fund EOPYY, stopping the agency's direct involvement on care provision. The changes were introduced as part of the country's bailout commitments. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

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Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, left, speaks at a news conference on enrollment in affordable health coverage in Cleveland Monday, Feb. 3, 2014. Sebelius pointed to in-person assistance available in the Cleveland area to help people choose and enroll in affordable coverage options in the Health Insurance Marketplace. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)