Call with OMB on Possible Government Shutdown

OMB has briefed NTEU on plans with regard to a possible government shutdown.

Office of Management and Budget in the Executive Office of the President of the United States (seal)NTEU just received a briefing from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) regarding plans related to a possible government shutdown. Funding runs out at midnight tonight, and Congress has not yet completed action on a new funding measure. While the House has passed a Continuing Resolution funding the government through February 16, the Senate has not.

Agency ShutdownLast night, OMB instructed federal agencies to post their shutdown plans on their web sites by today. They have also been instructed to provide informal notifications to individuals who would be excepted and required to work during a shutdown, and to those who would be furloughed, by the end of today. Official furlough notices are expected to be provided to employees over the weekend and on Monday, varying by individual agency.

While employees are provided with their individual notices by their agency, general guidance on government shutdowns due to a lapse in appropriations can be found in OPM’s website.

This includes information about the impact a shutdown has on employee pay, leave, travel, and benefits, including health insurance, as examples.

On the call, NTEU raised the issue of the need to ensure that agencies are prepared for and able to contact employees over the weekend, including those not issued government devices, or who do not have access to computers. Additionally, NTEU reiterated the impact that delayed or lost pay has on employees and their families. NTEU urged OMB to work with the payroll providers to issue paychecks sooner than the next regularly scheduled pay period should we have a shutdown.

I will keep you updated when new information becomes available.