The IRS’s decision to begin this year’s tax filing season on time, and to start issuing tax refunds despite a partial government shutdown, appears legally sound, according to former government officials, but raises logistical questions from lawmakers and current agency employees.
In today’s Federal Newscast, a review by the Center for American Progress looks at how much money federal workers could lose during the partial government shutdown.
New legislation from several senators would grant back pay to low-wage federal contractors during the partial government shutdown.
Members in the House and Senate have reintroduced legislation that would guarantee back pay for excepted and furloughed federal employees during this and any government shutdown. The Senate version clarifies employees would receive pay as soon as agencies reopen, regardless of payroll schedules.
A package of bills from House Democrats would reopen government, provide full-year funding for most federal agencies and give civilian employees a pay raise in 2019.
The Office of Management and Budget has made a partial government shutdown official. Agencies have been instructed to execute plans to “begin an orderly shutdown.”
The House has passed its own continuing resolution that would fund all of government through Feb. 8 and provide $5 billion toward the southern border. The CR is reportedly a tough sell in the Senate, setting up further anxiety and uncertainty ahead of Friday’s partial shutdown deadline.
The Senate cleared the first hurdle in preventing a partial government shutdown on Dec. 21.
Democrats won the House in Tuesday’s midterm elections but several Washington, D.C.-area races and seats important to federal workers were more of a mixed bag.
For federal employees, these midterms could have significant consequences. Use our map to see a selection of key Senate races that could impact how federal employees do their jobs.