About 3,000 employees of Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin have been furloughed as a result of the government shutdown, the defense technology giant said on Friday. The number of employees affected is expected to increase weekly in the event of a prolonged shutdown, the company said.
This includes employees who are unable to work because the government facility where they perform their work is closed, or their work requires a government inspection that cannot be completed, or because Lockheed has received a stop work order.
â€œIâ€˜m disappointed that we must take these actions and we continue to encourage our lawmakers to come together to pass a funding bill that will end this shutdown,” said Marillyn A. Hewson, Lockheed Martin Chief Executive Officer and President. â€œIn an effort to minimize the impact on our employees, we are directing affected employees to use available vacation time so they can continue to receive their pay and benefits. We hope that Congress and the Administration are able to resolve this situation as soon as possible.â€
It’s been estimated that in Fairfax County alone, federal workers are losing $1,608,000 per day because of the shutdown. The estimate, provided by Board of Supervisors Chair Sharon Bulova, does not include contractors or workers in other jurisdictions.