FEDERAL WORKFORCE: Judge rules feds violated law during shutdown; could mean more pay for 'essential' employees Kevin Bogardus, E&E reporter Published: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 Federal employees who had to work during last October's government shutdown could be entitled to more pay. Please subscribe to Greenwire to read the full story. Username: Password: Forgot your access codes? Recover them. Not a subscriber? Sign up for a trial. Ready to subscribe? Click here.