Shutdown Could Halt Feds’ Leave Accrual

Shutdown Could Halt Feds’ Leave Accrual

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As the government shutdown approaches its third week, federal employees stand to lose their ability to accrue time off while on furlough status.

Guidance from the Office of Personnel Management and the Defense Department dictates that federal employees will not accrue annual or sick leave in the pay period in which they cross the threshold of 80 hours in non-pay status in a given year. Many Defense civilians have already reached that limit due to the six sequestration-related furlough days over the summer and the four shutdown furlough days taken before Secretary Chuck Hagel called them back to work.

Most of the rest of the furloughed federal workforce would reach the 80-hour threshold next week, should Congress fail to strike a deal to reopen government. Some non-Defense agencies also took to furloughing workers for several days due to sequestration, meaning some employees who were furloughed both over the summer and during the shutdown also have already reached 80 hours of non-pay status. Leave accrual would remain suspended for each 10-workday period in which employees remain furloughed. Continue reading “Shutdown Could Halt Feds’ Leave Accrual”

Scenes from Day One of the government shutdown

Scenes from Day One of the government shutdown

By T. Rees Shapiro and Jackie Kucinich, Published: October 2 at 8:00 am

Many federal workers left work before noon on Tuesday in a rare mid-day exodus brought on by the first shutdown furloughs in 17 years, feeling frustrated, uncertain and even lighthearted in some cases.

Atop the Federal Triangle Metro escalators, a steady trickle of government employees arrived in the morning dressed more casually than usual, wearing jeans and sneakers instead of the usual business suits or button-ups and slacks.

Commuters exit Capitol South metro station during the Government Shutdown Tuesday. (Photo by Marlon Correa/The Washington Post) Continue reading “Scenes from Day One of the government shutdown”

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown

By Sean Sullivan, Published: September 29 at 12:27 pmE-mail the writer

Senate Majority Whip Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) said Sunday he expects a government shutdown, a prospect for which he blamed Republicans.

“I’m afraid I do” think the government will shut down, Durbin said on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”

Durbin blamed Republicans for bringing the country to the verge of a shut down, which will happen Tuesday if lawmakers don’t pass a new spending bill. The GOP-controlled House early Sunday amended a Senate-passed stopgap spending bill to include provisions aimed at delaying Obamacare and repealing the medical device tax. Continue reading “Sen. Dick Durbin expecting government shutdown”

No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown

No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown

By Emily Wax-Thibodeaux, Published: September 27 at 4:40 pm

The Labor Department headquarters, one of many federal buildings full of federal employees who aren't talking about the shutdown. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty).

The 2 million federal employees who work for the world’s oldest democracy may have a lot to say about how Washington’s potential government shutdown could affect their lives and livelihoods.

They just aren’t allowed to say it.

Federal workers have been told not to discuss the possible shutdown with the media. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP-Getty) Continue reading “No comment: Federal workers afraid to speak about shutdown”

Sequestration Concerns Play Out

Sequestration Concerns Play Out

Critics of government spending have long complained that the sequester fears were overblown: The across-the-board spending cuts were not and will not be apocalyptic. And, in a lot of ways, they were right. Half of the doomsday predictions that The Washington Post looked at this week never happened, the paper reported. But that doesn’t mean the sequester was a big dud.

Some 680,000 of the Defense Department’s civilian personnel nationwide will begin taking occasional furlough days starting next week through the end of the year. And sequestration has reduced unemployment benefits across the country by more than $100 a week in some states, according to the National Employment Law Project. Continue reading “Sequestration Concerns Play Out”