Am I allowed to work another job while on furlough?

Shaking hands after a job interviewIt depends on the type of work. While on furlough, an individual remains an employee of the Federal Government. Therefore, the ethics laws, including the executive branch-wide standards of ethical conduct, and the U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) supplemental ethics regulations, which require employees to obtain prior approval for certain outside activities and employment, continue to apply. Therefore, before engaging in outside employment during the FDA’s lapse in funding, employees should review the following information. Continue reading “Am I allowed to work another job while on furlough?”

Information from the Thrift Board on TSP and the Shutdown

The Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board has issued more guidance on how the shutdown may affect your TSP loans.

Thrift Savings Plan logoWe know that some members have been getting conflicting information about the TSP loan situation during the shutdown. Yesterday, the Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board issued an update on the status of missing loan payments for employees impacted by the government shutdown. As you may know, the TSP allows for the suspension of loan payments when in a nonpay status to prevent your loan from going into default. However, the TSP requires employees to submit documentation from their agency. According to yesterday’s update, the TSP does not need documentation of an employee’s furlough at this time. Furthermore, the TSP noted that if your loan payments were up-to-date prior to the furlough, missing one or two payments will not cause your loan to be in default. When retroactive pay is approved, all missed loan payments will be submitted and posted to your loan. Continue reading “Information from the Thrift Board on TSP and the Shutdown”

​“GoFundMe” Type Donation Solicitations During Appropriations Lapse

Because of ethical rules, employees are advised against soliciting donations from the general public based on their status as federal employees impacted by the shutdown.

GoFundMe logo rubber stamped with “STOP” in redWe have been contacted by some employees who have seen GoFundMe pages on the intranet and the news that appear to be federal employees seeking donations while they are furloughed or required to work without pay due to the lapse in appropriations. We have asked NTEU National if federal employees may use GoFundMe pages to seek donations if they are experiencing financial hardships due to the lapse in appropriations. Continue reading “​“GoFundMe” Type Donation Solicitations During Appropriations Lapse”