PASS Legislative Information

2018 Government Shutdown

The federal government will run out of money again at midnight on March 23. After the confusing 60-hour shutdown last month and the 9-hour one February 8–9, it is more important than ever that PASS members urge Congress to pass a funding bill NOW to keep the FAA and the entire federal government open.

 

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Employee Resources

New: FAA FAQs Part 1

New: FAA FAQs Part 2

New: MOU on Shutdown Furloughs

New: Procedures for Emergency (Shutdown) Furlough and Recalling Furloughed Employees

Department of Transportation Shutdown Plan

FAA Excepted and Non-Excepted Functions Matrix

OPM Guidance on Shutdown Furloughs

PASS FAQs

What happens if an employee is on TDY?

FAA Answer: If a furlough occurs while an employee is on TDY, the employee must complete their return home within 24 hours. Prior to the furlough, the employees may remain at the TDY location until the official furlough announcement. However, managers may instruct employees to return home earlier from TDY prior to an imminent lapse in appropriations or authorization. Employees and managers must be fiscally prudent in re-booking return flights. For example, if an employee has a refundable ticket they must exchange that for their return trip; if an employee has a non-refundable ticket, they need to determine the cost of the change fees and rebooking of the new ticket when choosing a return flight. If there is a flight that costs $400 more that leaves in two hours and one that costs $150 more leaving in five hours, then the $150 flight should be selected. Travelers are encouraged to contact their travel management center for assistance to ensure that the lowest cost option is utilized. The traveler is responsible for payment of his/her Travel Charge Card bill. AFR-100 will work with JP Morgan Chase to minimize impact on travelers who have not been reimbursed.

What happens to scheduled annual leave during a shutdown?

FAA Answer: In a shutdown furlough, all paid leave during a furlough is canceled. Paid leave creates an obligation of the government that is not authorized by the Antideficiency Act. Therefore, during a lapse in appropriations or authorization, all paid leave during a furlough must be canceled and employees must be either (1) at work performing excepted activities or (2) furloughed.

Shutdown News

OPM gives agencies wiggle room to determine shutdown pay, leave, Federal Times, Feb. 21, 2018

Shutdown-ending CR also provides back pay for furloughed feds, Federal News Radio, Jan. 22, 2018

Message from PASS, Jan. 22, 2018

Message from PASS, Jan. 19, 2018

Showdown Vote in Senate on Friday With Government Shutdown at Stake, New York Times, Jan. 19, 2018

Public Q&A: Everything you need to know about a government shutdown, Washington Post, Jan. 18, 2018

Risk of government shutdown grows even as Trump backs GOP plan, Washington Post, Jan. 18, 2018

Shutdown fears rise as lawmakers clash on Capitol Hill, Washington Post, Jan. 16, 2018

Shutdown watch: Conservatives may bend to keep Ryan from making a deal with Democrats, USA Today, Jan. 9, 2018

Trump Signs Stopgap Spending Bill Into Law to Avert Shutdown, U.S. News & World Report, Dec. 22, 2017

Congress rushes to approve spending bill to avoid government shutdown, PBS News Hour, Dec. 21, 2017

With a Friday Deadline, G.O.P. Lawmakers Rush to Avoid a Government Shutdown, New York Times, Dec. 21, 2017

House Moves Toward Stripped-Down Spending Plan to Avert Shutdown, Bloomberg, Dec. 20, 2017

It Won't Be So Easy Next Time Congress Must Fund the Government, Bloomberg, Dec. 11, 2017

Trump signs 2-week spending bill to avoid government shutdown, PBS News Hour, Dec. 8, 2017

Trump faces off with Democrats over potential government shutdown, Reuters, Dec. 7, 2017

The Ghost of Shutdowns Past haunts latest talks to keep the federal government open, USA Today, Dec. 7, 2017

Bloomberg Government’s guide to a possible government shutdown, Bloomberg, Dec. 4, 2017

Democrats to join Trump, Republicans in talks to avert government shutdown, Reuters, Dec. 4, 2017

As government shutdown looms, GOP pushes 2-week extension, CBS News, Dec. 4, 2017

G.O.P. Pushes to Avoid Government Shutdown, but the Path Is Tricky, New York Times, Dec. 3, 2017

Government Shutdown Looms Over a Divided Congress, Message from PASS, Dec. 1, 2017

 

 

 
 
 
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