This page contains information and resources for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. It also serves to inform the media and the public on the shutdown’s negative effect on America’s civil servants. We are updating this portal frequently, focusing on congressional activity, media statements and opportunities for NARFE members and nonmembers to engage in telling their unique stories. Please check back often for updates.

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The Latest Shutdown Updates:

January 25, 2019 – President Trump and congressional leaders reached an agreement today to end the partial government shutdown, extending funding for unfunded agencies through February 15. The House and Senate voted quickly to get the legislation to the president’s desk. The president signed the CR into law this evening, ensuring Feds will be able to return to work. While back pay will be provided, the timing is still uncertain and will vary by agency.

January 24, 2019 – The Senate voted today on two pieces of legislation, both of which would end the government shutdown. Both measures failed to receive the votes necessary to advance. 

January 16, 2019 – President Trump signs into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, providing furloughed federal employees with back pay once the shutdown ends.

January 16, 2019 – The House of Representatives failed to pass a two-week continuing resolution to reopen the government, and with congressional leaders and the White House failing to engage in negotiations at this point, the longest government shutdown in history continues on. In the meantime, the Administration is calling previously furloughed employees back to work to tackle critical services.

January 11, 2019 – House passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens.

January 10, 2019 – Senate passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens.

January 8, 2019 – NARFE presented a webinar “Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action” in which NARFE National President Ken Thomas and Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement addressed a number of areas affecting Feds, including pay, healthcare, workforce personnel, retirement claims, unemployment and more.

January 4, 2019 – With the Senate refusing to take legislative action to end the shutdown, NARFE called  on senators to stop political bickering and putting party over country and calls out the Trump administration for not relating to federal employees or America’s financially struggling families.

January 3, 2019 – On the first day of the 116th Congress, the House passed legislation that would bring an end to the shutdown and reopen the federal government. The Senate did not consider the legislation.

December 28, 2018  - Congressional leaders and the White House appear to be at an impasse on moving forward with funding a portion of the government, all but ensuring this partial government shutdown stretches into January when the new 116th Congress convenes on January 3rd.

December 22, 2018, 3:30pm - Senate leaders announced the chamber has adjourned until December 27, effectively ensuring the government will not reopen until Thursday at the earliest. This page will continue to be updated as updates are available.

December 22, 2018, 12:01 A.M. – With congressional failure to pass government funding, several federal departments and agencies are now closed. “Non-excepted” (non-essential) federal employees will be forced to stay home without any promise of back pay. This page will be updated as events unfold. Some departments and agencies have received full fiscal year 2019 funding and are not affected by the shutdown. These departments are: Labor, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, Education and Veterans Affairs as well as the Social Security Administration and other independent agencies.

NARFE Response:

January 25, 2019 - NARFE Ecstatic Feds Will Return to Work Following Tentative Agreement to End Unprecedented Government Shutdown

January 16, 2019 - NARFE Applauds President Trump for Signing Back Pay Bill for Federal Workers Furloughed Due to Shutdown

January 11, 2019 - Even With Back Pay, Feds Continue to Be Hit Hard With No Paychecks Amid Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History

January 4, 2019 - NARFE President Ken Thomas Sends Letter Urging Senators to Pass Legislation to End the Partial Government Shutdown and Provide Federal Employees a 1.9 Percent Average Pay Increase

January 4, 2019 - In Partnership with Federal-Postal Coalition, NARFE Sends Letter Urging the President to Find Immediate Consensus to Fund the Government

January 4, 2019 - NARFE to Senate: Stop Playing Politics with Lives of Federal Employees, Schedule a Vote on Legislation to End Shutdown

January 3, 2019 -  In Partnership with Federal-Postal Coalition, NARFE Sends Letter Urging Congress to Find Immediate Consensus to Fund the Government

January 2, 2019 - NARFE to Congress: End Shutdown, Approve Modest Federal Pay Raise

December 28, 2018 - Pay Freeze Implementation Yet Another Blow to Federal Employees Amid Shutdown, Says NARFE

December 23, 2018 - NARFE Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement Shares Shutdown Updates, Effects on Feds

December 22, 2018 - NARFE Dismayed by Government Shutdown, Inability of Congress and the President to Create a Path Forward

December 21, 2018 - NARFE Disappointed By Lack of Progress on Continuing Resolution, Looming Government Shutdown


NARFE Resources
:

Interview with NARFE National President Ken Thomas regarding the shutdown’s negative effects on “Your Turn with Mike Causey”. Listen here

Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action (Webinar)

Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action (PDF)

10 Things You Need to Know As a Furloughed Federal Employee

Frequently Asked Questions During the Government Shutdown (UPDATED)


Recommended Links:

Who goes home when the government shuts down?Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) fact sheet for employees who are in a non-pay status

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) fact sheet for employees who are in a non-pay status


Office of Management and Budget (OMB) resources:


1.   Special Instructions for Agencies Affected by a Possible Lapse in Appropriations Starting on December 22, 2018
2.   Frequently Asked Questions During a Lapse in Appropriations (December 18, 2018)
3.   OMB Circular A-11, 2018

For furlough guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) click here.

U.S. Department of Labor resources:

1.   Unemployment Insurance Questions and Answers for Federal Workers (December 2018)
2.   Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Fact Sheet (December 2018)
3.   Federal Identification Code (FIC) Chart (December 3, 2018)
4.   Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Frequently Asked Questions for Federal Agencies (December 2018)

For more U.S. Department of Labor and Unemployment Insurance resources click here


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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.

This page contains information and resources for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. It also serves to inform the media and the public on the shutdown’s negative effect on America’s civil servants. We are updating this portal frequently, focusing on congressional activity, media statements and opportunities for NARFE members and nonmembers to engage in telling their unique stories. Please check back often for updates.

Pay and Benefits Information for Federal Employees Returning to Work
JOIN NARFE


The Latest Shutdown Updates:

January 25, 2019 – President Trump and congressional leaders reached an agreement today to end the partial government shutdown, extending funding for unfunded agencies through February 15. The House and Senate voted quickly to get the legislation to the president’s desk. The president signed the CR into law this evening, ensuring Feds will be able to return to work. While back pay will be provided, the timing is still uncertain and will vary by agency.

January 24, 2019 – The Senate voted today on two pieces of legislation, both of which would end the government shutdown. Both measures failed to receive the votes necessary to advance. 

January 16, 2019 – President Trump signs into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, providing furloughed federal employees with back pay once the shutdown ends.

January 16, 2019 – The House of Representatives failed to pass a two-week continuing resolution to reopen the government, and with congressional leaders and the White House failing to engage in negotiations at this point, the longest government shutdown in history continues on. In the meantime, the Administration is calling previously furloughed employees back to work to tackle critical services.

January 11, 2019 – House passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens.

January 10, 2019 – Senate passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens.

January 8, 2019 – NARFE presented a webinar “Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action” in which NARFE National President Ken Thomas and Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement addressed a number of areas affecting Feds, including pay, healthcare, workforce personnel, retirement claims, unemployment and more.

January 4, 2019 – With the Senate refusing to take legislative action to end the shutdown, NARFE called  on senators to stop political bickering and putting party over country and calls out the Trump administration for not relating to federal employees or America’s financially struggling families.

January 3, 2019 – On the first day of the 116th Congress, the House passed legislation that would bring an end to the shutdown and reopen the federal government. The Senate did not consider the legislation.

December 28, 2018  - Congressional leaders and the White House appear to be at an impasse on moving forward with funding a portion of the government, all but ensuring this partial government shutdown stretches into January when the new 116th Congress convenes on January 3rd.

December 22, 2018, 3:30pm - Senate leaders announced the chamber has adjourned until December 27, effectively ensuring the government will not reopen until Thursday at the earliest. This page will continue to be updated as updates are available.

December 22, 2018, 12:01 A.M. – With congressional failure to pass government funding, several federal departments and agencies are now closed. “Non-excepted” (non-essential) federal employees will be forced to stay home without any promise of back pay. This page will be updated as events unfold. Some departments and agencies have received full fiscal year 2019 funding and are not affected by the shutdown. These departments are: Labor, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, Education and Veterans Affairs as well as the Social Security Administration and other independent agencies.

NARFE Response:

January 25, 2019 - NARFE Ecstatic Feds Will Return to Work Following Tentative Agreement to End Unprecedented Government Shutdown

January 16, 2019 - NARFE Applauds President Trump for Signing Back Pay Bill for Federal Workers Furloughed Due to Shutdown

January 11, 2019 - Even With Back Pay, Feds Continue to Be Hit Hard With No Paychecks Amid Longest Government Shutdown in U.S. History

January 4, 2019 - NARFE President Ken Thomas Sends Letter Urging Senators to Pass Legislation to End the Partial Government Shutdown and Provide Federal Employees a 1.9 Percent Average Pay Increase

January 4, 2019 - In Partnership with Federal-Postal Coalition, NARFE Sends Letter Urging the President to Find Immediate Consensus to Fund the Government

January 4, 2019 - NARFE to Senate: Stop Playing Politics with Lives of Federal Employees, Schedule a Vote on Legislation to End Shutdown

January 3, 2019 -  In Partnership with Federal-Postal Coalition, NARFE Sends Letter Urging Congress to Find Immediate Consensus to Fund the Government

January 2, 2019 - NARFE to Congress: End Shutdown, Approve Modest Federal Pay Raise

December 28, 2018 - Pay Freeze Implementation Yet Another Blow to Federal Employees Amid Shutdown, Says NARFE

December 23, 2018 - NARFE Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement Shares Shutdown Updates, Effects on Feds

December 22, 2018 - NARFE Dismayed by Government Shutdown, Inability of Congress and the President to Create a Path Forward

December 21, 2018 - NARFE Disappointed By Lack of Progress on Continuing Resolution, Looming Government Shutdown


NARFE Resources
:

Interview with NARFE National President Ken Thomas regarding the shutdown’s negative effects on “Your Turn with Mike Causey”. Listen here

Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action (Webinar)

Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action (PDF)

10 Things You Need to Know As a Furloughed Federal Employee

Frequently Asked Questions During the Government Shutdown (UPDATED)


Recommended Links:

Who goes home when the government shuts down?Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) fact sheet for employees who are in a non-pay status

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) fact sheet for employees who are in a non-pay status


Office of Management and Budget (OMB) resources:


1.   Special Instructions for Agencies Affected by a Possible Lapse in Appropriations Starting on December 22, 2018
2.   Frequently Asked Questions During a Lapse in Appropriations (December 18, 2018)
3.   OMB Circular A-11, 2018

For furlough guidance from the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) click here.

U.S. Department of Labor resources:

1.   Unemployment Insurance Questions and Answers for Federal Workers (December 2018)
2.   Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Fact Sheet (December 2018)
3.   Federal Identification Code (FIC) Chart (December 3, 2018)
4.   Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees Frequently Asked Questions for Federal Agencies (December 2018)

For more U.S. Department of Labor and Unemployment Insurance resources click here


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NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association) 606 N. Washington St., Alexandria, VA 22314, Phone: (703) 838-7760, Fax: (703) 838-7785.

 

This is the only website that reflects the official opinions and positions of the National Active and Retired Federal Employees Association (NARFE). Opinions and/or positions that appear on any other site bearing NARFE's name or seal are not necessarily those of NARFE. Click here for Privacy Statement.   NARFE has been certified by Dun & Bradstreet.