Agencies need to send second furlough notices if the government shutdown goes beyond 30 days, the Office of Personnel Management said.
The National Treasury Employees Union has added a third count to its lawsuit against the Trump administration and questioned the legality of the decision to recall some IRS employees during the government shutdown.
Federal News Network is soliciting your questions about your pay, benefits, retirement and other topics during the government shutdown.
President Donald Trump signed legislation Wednesday afternoon that guarantees back pay for federal employees impacted by the partial government shutdown.
Federal statute instructs agencies use reductions-in-force (RIFs) if employees have been furloughed for 30 days or longer, but regulations don’t apply to workers furloughed due to a government shutdown.
A federal district judge refused to compel the executive branch to find an immediate end to the government shutdown’s impacts on excepted federal employees working without pay. The judge’s decision maintains the status quo. Other lawsuits challenging the shutdown’s legitimacy are still pending.
Government shutdowns are the norm today, but it wasn’t always that way. A 1980 interpretation of the Antideficiency Act changed the way both the executive and legislative branches handled lapses in appropriations, and they haven’t looked back since.
The Trump administration maneuvered unobligated funding and found a way to pay Coast Guard military members back in December. But the service doesn’t have the funds now to cut Jan. 15 paychecks.
Hundreds of federal employees rallied in Washington, D.C. on Thursday in protest of the partial government shutdown. The prolonged shutdown is holding their next paychecks, due Jan. 11, “hostage,” employees said.
The Office of Personnel Management on Wednesday clarified that agencies should restore previously-scheduled annual leave lost in 2018 due to the government shutdown.
House Democrats in the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia said they’re reminding their colleagues during the government shutdown: most federal employees live outside the Washington metropolitan area.
Absent specific guidance on the matter, federal employees walk a tricky line in accepting furlough donations and complying with existing ethics rules.
The National Treasury Employees Union said excepted federal employees who have been working without pay during the partial government shutdown should be paid full wages, including overtime, and other damages.
Furloughed and excepted federal employees said the government shutdown is prompting them to make tough decisions about their bills, mortgage and family obligations.