Earlier this week, Representative Ted Budd (R-NC) introduced a bill, H.R. 5091, to require the head of an agency to submit a report regarding employees furloughed during a shutdown.
This bill would require a report no later than 120 days after a government shutdown due to a lapse of appropriations. Each agency head would be required to report to the Office of Management and Budget the names, job description, and rate of basic pay for each non-excepted employee.
The bill’s title (Essential Act of 2018) and language incorrectly refers to furloughed employees as “non-essential.” NTEU will be monitoring this legislation to ensure that the intent is neither to determine that these employees are not necessary to government operations, nor to create an impetus to not pay these individuals following a shutdown.