TOWN OF SCOTT - From the Internal Revenue Service to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, federal offices across Northeast Wisconsin reopened Thursday.
At the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service office in the Town of Scott, it's back to business for 30 federal workers.
“We had to get all the equipment started again, all our computers, our server,” said Pete Fasbender, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service administrator.
Fasbender says the October 1 shutdown put all projects here on hold, and workers were told to stay home.
“The paycheck wasn't quite as it should have been,” said Tim Strakosh, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service fish biologist. “It was kind of rough, my fiancée had to work extra hours to try and compensate for that.”
With the government back in business, workers say they need to make up for time lost.
“We love our mission here, working for Fish and Wildlife, and when you can't do it, it hurts your soul, and we're really glad to get back to work,” said Fasbender.
And in Howard, the Internal Revenue Service office is open as well. Customer service representatives tell us business has been steady.
“We're ready to help taxpayers with their questions, and get things back to normal,” said Christopher Miller, IRS spokesperson in a phone interview.
Brian Ellis stopped by after work.
“I've been trying to close my home for several weeks. It isn't happening due to the USDA process, the government shutdown. Now we can get this resolved,” said Ellis of Albany.
After 15 minutes, Ellis was finished.
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