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  • OPM’s Guidance on a Shutdown’s Impact on Pay - September 26, 2023
  • Following are questions and answers related to pay from OPM guidance on the impact on federal workers of a partial government shutdown caused by a funding lapse.


    1. Will employees performing excepted work be paid for performing such work during a shutdown furlough? If so, when will excepted employees receive such payments?

    A. Yes. After the lapse in appropriations has ended, employees who were required to perform excepted work during the lapse will receive retroactive pay for those work periods. (See 31 U.S.C. 1341(c)(2).) Retroactive pay is provided at the employee’s “standard rate of pay.” If the retroactive pay cannot be provided on the normal pay date for the given pay period, it must be provided at the earliest date possible after the lapse ends. (Note: Presidential appointees who are not covered by the leave system in 5 U.S.C. chapter 63 are not subject to furlough, but are also barred from receiving pay during a lapse in appropriations. These Presidential appointees will be paid after the lapse in appropriations has ended.

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