We are now in the midst of a partial government shutdown, and PASS-represented employees at the FAA are either working without pay or have been furloughed. In addition, the White House issued an executive order on Dec. 28 freezing federal civilian pay for FY2019.
Letters and Messaging
PASS message to members re: FAA Furlough Information – Dec. 24, 2018
National President message to members – Dec. 22, 2018
FAA Letter to Creditors – December 21, 2019
PASS message to members: Shutdown Information – Dec. 21, 2018
PASS message to employees – Dec. 17, 2018
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Shutdown Furlough MOU – December 6, 2018
ATO Manager Guidance: Approved FMLA Absences During Shutdown – January 14, 2019
Cell Phone Assistance:
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.