The District may keep employees at work without pay if funds run out later this month.
If the shutdown continues, D.C. government employees could soon be asked to start working for free.
Since Mayor Vincent Gray declared all city services and employees "essential," the District has been paying its workers out of its emergency cash reserves. But that money is running out.
A spokesperson for Gray says if the shutdown hasn't ended by Oct. 29, city government employees will still be working, they just won't be getting paid.
The workers will be compensated eventually, once the federal government is back up and running and D.C. can start spending its own tax dollars again.
But that doesn't mean the District will be able to recover all of the lost sales and income tax revenue.