We’re sorry, but we will not be posting updates to our social media channels during the government shutdown. Also, all National Archives facilities are closed and activities are canceled until further notice. We’ll be back as soon as possible!
During a lapse in government funding, we will be providing as many of our core services as we can using existing resources. We’re keeping up our duty to “Do Right and Feed Everyone,” as @SecretarySonny says.
The Thrift Savings Plan assured federal employees and retirees that it will continue to operate despite the partial shutdown.
The TSP will continue its normal daily operations during the federal gov’t shutdown. Read the TSP fact sheet “Effect of Nonpay Status on Your TSP Account” to get answers to questions about the shutdown’s impact on TSP contributions, loans, and withdrawals. https://t.co/AWoWbxkkiX
It also released a fact sheet to inform employees who are on “non-pay” or are furloughed about the status of their TSP loans, contributions and withdrawals.
The document addresses whether employees can take a TSP loan while furloughed and what happens if an employee already has a current TSP loan.
What’s unclear is whether feds can take a TSP loan if the furlough is expected to last less than 30 days. But if the furlough is expected to last longer than 30 days, then the employee can’t take a loan. The problem is no one, not even Congress or the White House, knows how long this partial shutdown will last.
During the two previous shutdowns this year, the Office of Management and Budget kept the national parks open but closed many of the services. Over the years, the administrations have used the national parks as a way to increase or reduce the pain of shutdowns.
This time around there seems to be a mix of parks that are open and closed.
Those impacted by the partial shutdown include Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, which is closed. The Washington Monument and the museums on that National mall have enough funding to say open through Dec. 31, says an OMB official.
Arizona and Utah officials put in place plans to keep open the Grand Canyon, Zion, Arches and Bryce Canyon and Zion national parks.
In California, the entrances to Yosemite National Park stayed open Saturday but visitor centers were closed. National Park Service programs were canceled and campgrounds were not staffed.
A notice from the National Park Service said the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island were open, thanks to funding from New York state.
Free food and drink for feds
Several Washington, D.C. area restaurants are pitching in to show some love to federal employees with free food and drink.
Z Burger in the Tenleytown area of Washington, D.C. is offering one free burger to employees when they bring their federal identification on Monday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.
“Back in 2013, Z-Burger gave out over 15,000 burgers during that shutdown and now Z-Burger is looking to help out furloughed workers again with their choice of a single hamburger, cheeseburger, veggie burger or turkey burger,” said Z-Burger owner Peter Tabibian in a release.
Famed Washington, D.C.-area chef Jose Andres is once again giving federal employees free food.