If there is a government shutdown — when people are sent home and ordered not to work — can a federal employee still go on vacation?
The Office of Personnel Management released updated furlough guidance. The update includes 15 new additions and revisions for agencies and federal employees and what to do in case of a government shutdown.
Reps. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Rob Wittman (R-VA) introduced the Federal Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, which would secure retroactive pay for all federal employees during a government shutdown, regardless of furlough status.
Being a federal worker is a lot like being a fat, juicy rabbit trapped on a fox-infested island. That’s because to some foxy politicians, civil servants are fat, juicy, defenseless targets. Some are on the hunt all the time, while others come out in the fall — the official hunting season.
AFGE reminds Congress, White House and others of the concerns feds had during the last government shutdown and the impact the work stoppage had on them and their families in 2013.
In case of a Friday shutdown at the Department of Homeland Security, the House and Senate have both proposed bills that would give retroactive pay to the agency’s 30,000 furloughed employees.
A tally totaling the costs of the government shutdown on the Defense Department only includes lost work-hours from civilian furloughs, not additional government costs from interest payments, contract delays or other impacts from the shutdown. AFGE and NTEU are asking agencies to speed up back pay to federal workers.
The Office of Personnel Management updated its operating status early Thursday morning to “open.” OPM says furloughed employees are expected to return to work Thursday, absent other instructions from their employing agencies. The Office of Management and Budget issued guidance to department and agency heads early Thursday, instructing them to reopen offices promptly and recall all furloughed employees.
A survey by the National Treasury Employees Union (NTEU) reveals that the the majority of federal employees are facing financial hardships due to the government shutdown.
When a Washington based web solution firm received an email from a furloughed fed looking for temporary work, the firm immediately jumped on the idea to create a website with job postings for freelance work. From idea to execution, unfurlough.us was launched in just five hours.