Funding for the federal government will lapse at midnight on Friday, April 28, when the current continuing resolution expires. Congress has a few days left in which it can pass another continuing resolution or a funding bill that would keep the government open. Such a measure would need the president’s signature.
Last week, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) released guidance for federal agencies in the event of a shutdown. This does not mean a shutdown will occur. It is standard practice to prepare.
The time leading up to a funding deadline is an anxious period for federal employees and taxpayers who rely on the services you provide. NTEU is working to avoid a government shutdown and is encouraging Congress to provide agencies with adequate funding so you can continue to do your jobs.
Sen. Ben Cardin (Md.) has introduced legislation, S. 861, the Federal Employee Fair Treatment Act, that would ensure that all federal employees would be paid in the event of a shutdown—both individuals required to work unpaid and those furloughed. Additionally, it would allow federal employees remaining on the job to take scheduled annual leave and sick leave as needed. The bill has 16 cosponsors and NTEU strongly supports this legislation. Rep. Don Beyer (Va.) is expected to introduce a House version this week.
NTEU is committed to providing our members with all available information as we approach the deadline and if we go past it with no funding in place. News, updates, and information will be sent to our members at personal email addresses and through text messages at personal cell phone numbers. If you are a member, be sure NTEU has your correct personal information by updating your contact information through the NTEU website. If you are not a member, it is time you joined.
Stay informed with accurate and timely information from NTEU. Here is how to check and update your contact information:
- Visit NTEU.org.
2. Log in.
3. Click on the yellow box with your name.
4. Click on the “Manage Account” link.
If you haven’t registered on NTEU.org before, now is the time. Follow these easy steps:
- Visit NTEU.org
- Under the yellow log-in box, click on “Need an account?”
- You will need your NTEU member ID number and the last four digits of your Social Security number. If you don’t have your ID number, please contact your chapter president.
That’s it. Within minutes you will have access to NTEU member-only sections and you can update your contact information.
This is no time to be left in the dark. Be sure NTEU can reach you outside of your government email and phone number.