On what should have been just another workday, numerous federal offices in Massachusetts and around the country displayed the same sign: "closed for business." 

That's because of the partial government shutdown that began at midnight, after Congress failed to pass a continuing budget resolution. While many essential federal workers, from air traffic controllers to active military, are still on the job, the effect of the shutdown was readily visible in Boston.

See what furloughed federal employee Carolyn Federoff and former lieutenant governor of Massachusetts Tom O'Neill had to say: