As of Tuesday October 1st at 12:00 AM the U.S. Government officially entered a partial shutdown for the first time in almost 20 years. As a result of this shutdown, government communicators are now being classified as “non-essential” and will be furloughed, leaving them silent during this shutdown.
This is making the output of PR efforts difficult and could cause communicators to have a tough time returning to quota once the shutdown ends.
“It will be interesting to see how things unfold externally during a crisis without carefully crafted messaging, not to mention there will be no internal communication during this process, so employees will be left in the dark as well,” says PR News writer Caysey Welton.
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