Jan 29, 2018

RECAP: Government Shutdown 2018

At midnight on Friday, January 19, 2018, the federal government shut down after Congress failed to pass legislation that would fund the government operations past the expiration date. The three-day shutdown was the first since 2013.

Although the House of Representatives passed a short-term extension bill, Senate Democrats blocked the deal, stating that President Trump and Senate Republicans must agree to include extensions of programs such as the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), which is expected to expire on March 5.

After three days of negotiations and assurance from Republican leadership that votes on key democratic priorities will be held, the House passed a short-term continuing resolution (CR) shortly after the Senate approved it.

Back pay for all furloughed federal employees was also guaranteed. “That was something we fought very hard for,” said Sen. Chris Van Hollen, D-Md., after the vote. He and fellow Maryland Democrat Sen. Ben Cardin wanted to ensure “all federal employees are held harmless. They had nothing to do with the shutdown mess and they should be fully paid.”

It is important to note that the CR only funds the government for a short period of time, which potentially allows for another government shutdown on February 8, 2018, at midnight, if a budget or another short-term spending bill is not passed.

In order to assist your local in preparation for the potential shutdown, please refer to the attached guidance for additional information. You may also want to visit https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Shutdown-Furlough for more information.

1.      NAGE/IBPO Federal Government Shutdown FAQs
2.      OPM Shutdown Furlough Guidance and FAQs 
3.      OMB posted Memoranda M-18-05 on their website, addressing “Planning for Agency Operations during a Potential Lapse in Appropriations.”  This document includes an appendix that covers “Frequently Asked Questions During a Lapse in Appropriations.”  (Click for PDF version)
4.      Updated agency lapse contingency plans
5.      Table of Recent Changes to Guidance
6.      Unemployment Insurance Resources

NAGE will continue to keep its members updated on all appropriations related news as it is provided to us. 

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