When I was a contractor for U.S. Customs

that subject(back pay) came up during a projected shutdown. The government workers were told they would get their back pay. That sounded dumb to me, because if that’s the case, where’s the savings? However, as a contractor, I would NOT have gotten that pay back…AND would have had to burn vacation days(out of my *10* per year) for the days I wasn’t working. :-(