The broader impact of the shutdown on the U.S. economy may be double what was projected, White House economists confirmed today, Day 26 of the political standoff. This as thousands of employees have been called back to work without pay because of the risks posed for their agencies if, for example, airports continue to run with fewer aviation safety inspectors or the IRS heads into tax season down almost 60 percent of its workforce. And the trickle-down effect is being felt particularly hard in the Washington DC area as local businesses are experiencing a drop off in clientele.
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