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Government Shutdown News and FMA Efforts
The partial government shutdown ended late on January 25, 2019. Each employee should refer to their own agency for communications and guidance on resumption of duties.
As the clock struck midnight on December 21, 2018, funding lapsed for many federal departments and agencies, resulting in a partial government shutdown. Since then, the Department of the Treasury, Department of Agriculture, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of State, Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Transportation, Department of Commerce and Department of Justice have been under shutdown procedures with workers either being furloughed or required to work without pay. The Federal Managers Association (FMA) created this page to provide links and resources for federal employees affected by the shutdown, as well as FMA efforts to end it and other important information.
FMA will update this page regularly to keep FMA members informed through this trying time.
Resources for Federal Employees
Thrift Savings Plan
INTERIM RULE: 5 CFR 1655 – This interim rule amends the Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) regulations to allow certain TSP participants to request a loan during government shutdowns without regard to whether they are in pay status.
This interim rule is effective February 5, 2019. Comments must be received by March 7, 2019.
UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION FOR FEDERAL EMPLOYEES FACT SHEET - December 2018
Federal Employee Education & Assistance Fund
Furlough Guidance and Frequently Asked Questions
ANSWERS TO FREQUENTLY ASKED POST-LAPSE QUESTIONS - February 8, 2019
OPM: PAY AND BENEFITS FOR EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY THE LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS - January 27, 2019
OPM: REOPENING FOLLOWING THE PARTIAL LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS - January 25, 2019
OPM FACT SHEET: PAY AND BENEFITS INFORMATION FOR EMPLOYEES AFFECTED BY THE LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS - UPDATED January 23, 2019
OPM: FREQUENTLY ASKED FUNDING LAPSE QUESTIONS - January 18, 2019
OMB: SPECIAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR AGENCIES AFFECTED BY A POSSIBLE LAPSE IN APPROPRIATIONS STARTING DECEMBER 22, 2018
FMA Efforts and Outreach on the Government shutdown
Below is a listing of work FMA and its members have done since in relation to the partial government shutdown:
FMA RELIEVED AS LONGEST GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN ENDS - January 25, 2019
FMA RELIEVED AS SHUTDOWN LOOKS TO DRAW TO A CLOSE - January 25, 2019
FMA COMMENDS HOUSE EFFORT TO REOPEN GOVERNMENT - January 10, 2019
FMA PRESIDENT RENEE JOHNSON LETTER OF ENDORSEMENT FOR BACK-PAY LEGISLATION (S. 24) - January 4, 2019 UPDATE: Signed into law on January 16, 2019
FMA APPLAUDS HOUSE EFFORT TO END PARTIAL GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN - January 4, 2019
FMA DECRIES PRESIDENT'S EXECUTIVE ORDER CALLING FOR FEDERAL PAY FREEZE IN 2019 - December 29, 2018
FMA URGES CONGRESS TO AVOID A GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN - December 19, 2018