The Federal Eye: shutdown


Posted at 11:56 AM ET, 02/04/2014

For federal employees, debt ceiling approach follows familiar path

The looming debt-ceiling fight has the feel of deja vu for fiscal crisis-weary feds.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:56 AM ET, 02/04/2014 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, G fund, government shutdown, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 03:36 PM ET, 11/18/2013

More federal employees tapped retirement savings in shutdown

Drawdown of TSP accounts could impact long-term finances of employees who faced short-term hardships.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:36 PM ET, 11/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, retirement savings, Thrift Savings Plan, TSP

Posted at 04:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013

More feds may receive early back pay Thursday

Some agencies are trying to rush funds to their workers after they went without checks during the 16-day government closure.

By Josh Hicks  |  04:49 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 03:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013

Wary feds look to budget talks with caution

The next action will take place in a conference committee that is trying to bridge wide differences in budgets.

By Joe Davidson  |  03:47 PM ET, 10/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013

Budget deal allows for January federal pay raise

Raise of 1 percent would follow freeze on salary rates over 2011-2013.

By Eric Yoder  |  11:35 AM ET, 10/17/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, pay raise, shutdown

Posted at 04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013

What ending the shutdown means for federal employees

Answers to questions about the impact of restored funding on pay and benefits of federal workers.

By Eric Yoder  |  04:43 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, benefits, excepted employees, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013

Furloughed employees typically would return on day after shutdown ends

Furloughed federal employees generally would be expected to report for work on their next regular working day but there could be exceptions.

By Eric Yoder  |  02:40 PM ET, 10/16/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, return to work

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013

Coalition of veteran and military groups demanding end to shutdown

Members of a coalition of 33 organizations are to gather at the World War II Memorial to demand an end to the shutdown.

By Steve Vogel  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/15/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013

National Parks losing revenue under shutdown

The Coalition of National Park Service retirees estimated that the park system has missed out on about 715,000 visitors daily.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/14/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Shutdown leaves federal charity with uncertainties

The charity that relies on contributions from federal employees faces uncertainty because of the shutdown and furloughed workers.

By Joe Davidson  |  09:13 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  combined federal campaign, government shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013

Federal workers talk financial concerns

Federal employees share their strategies for dealing with time off and financial uncertainty during the shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013

Furloughs could shortchange employees of leave benefits

Many federal workers could accrue less leave than usual, at least temporarily.

By Eric Yoder  |  12:54 PM ET, 10/10/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown, leave, pay

Posted at 09:47 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Bills would halt Congress's pay during shutdown periods

Democrats and Republicans have proposed competing bills to freeze lawmakers' salaries when the government shuts down.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:47 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown pay

Posted at 09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Back pay bill's effect on furlough uncertain

Bill before Congress would provide needed authority for pay, but separate authority for the programs they work in is another matter.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:46 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  back pay, federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013

Will contractors receive back pay for the government shutdown?

Government contractors will not be paid for furlough time during the shutdown, unlike federal employees under a House bill supported by the White House and many Senate lawmakers.

By Josh Hicks and Marjorie Censer  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/08/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013

A comedy show for furloughed federal workers

Three humorists with special insight into the government will try to cheer up dispirited federal employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:14 PM ET, 10/07/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown deals

Posted at 04:14 PM ET, 10/04/2013

How did the bill for shutdown pay come about?

An explanation of who created the measure and how it quickly gained traction with both chambers of Congress.

By Ed O'Keefe  |  04:14 PM ET, 10/04/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  furlough pay, shutdown

Posted at 12:00 PM ET, 10/03/2013

Labor Department: No jobs report this month because of shutdown

The announcement came one day before the Bureau of Labor Statistics was scheduled to release the numbers for September.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:00 PM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  jobs report, shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013

Shutdown could cost jobs down the line, report says

The impacts would not occur immediately, but they could show up within two months in areas where federal employees make up a high percentage of the workforce, the report said.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 10/03/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown impacts

Posted at 08:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Scenes from Day One of the government shutdown

Washington Post reporters caught up with federal workers, a congressman and a tourist from Kansas.

By T. Rees Shapiro and Jackie Kucinich  |  08:02 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown reactions

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013

Shutdown casts doubt on release of monthly jobs report

The Bureau of Labor Statistics had scheduled the release for Friday, but the agency is down to just three employees.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:01 AM ET, 10/02/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Bill would pay workers for shutdown time

The bill would ensure that the government pays all federal employees for the shutdown period, regardless of whether they were furloughed.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:20 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown pay

Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Got shutdown questions?

Ask away starting at 11 a.m. on the Post's online shutdown chat room.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:49 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013

Shutdown Q and A: Federal retirement benefits

How the shutdown affects federal retirement benefits, for both active and retired employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:34 AM ET, 10/01/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal annuities, federal retirement, government shutdown, Thrift Savings Plan

Posted at 06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013

CBO, MSPB Announce Shutdown Plans

Congress's own budget agency and the main appeals agency for federal workers outline plans.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:19 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  CBO, government shutdown, MSPB

Posted at 03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013

Ethical limits on federal employees would continue in shutdown

Employees on unpaid leave remain subject to restrictions on outside employment.

By Eric Yoder  |  03:14 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  conflict of interest, ethics, federal employees, government shutdown, outside employment

Posted at 01:29 PM ET, 09/30/2013

D.C. government would remain open under federal shutdown

In the past, federal shutdowns have threatened to close the District government as well, because the city budget is ultimately set by Congress.

By Mike DeBonis and Aaron C. Davis  |  01:29 PM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown impacts

Posted at 10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013

What a shutdown would mean for the Treasury Department

The Internal Revenue Service would place about 90 percent of its workforce on furlough and close down call-center operations.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:55 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  irs shutdown, shutdown

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013

Shutdown rallies planned for Monday

Federal-worker groups have planned demonstrations in Boston and Chicago.

By Josh Hicks  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/30/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown protests

Posted at 12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013

House vote means many federal services could shut down

House vote to link delay in health law to funding government could lead to a shutdown of government services and the furlough of many federal employees.

By Joe Davidson  |  12:06 PM ET, 09/29/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 05:09 PM ET, 09/27/2013

EPA would furlough 94 percent under its shutdown plan

Only 5.4 percent of EPA employees would qualify as "excepted" or "exempt" if a shutdown occurs, according to the agency's contingency plan.

By Josh Hicks  |  05:09 PM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown plans

Posted at 11:10 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Patent and Trademark Office would remain open during shutdown

Patent and Trade Office Deputy Director Teresa Stanek Rea said the agency could remain open "for at least a few weeks" due to reserve fee collections.

By Josh Hicks  |  11:10 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  patent and trade, shutdown

Posted at 08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013

Shutdown could carry pay risk even for employees kept on the job

Federal workers kept on the job would lose the guarantee of retroactive pay if they missed work during shutdown.

By Eric Yoder  |  08:43 AM ET, 09/27/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  excepted employees, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, paid leave, sick leave

Posted at 12:51 PM ET, 09/26/2013

What’s in an agency shutdown plan?

Among other things, agencies must submit summaries of activities that will continue and those that will cease.

By Josh Hicks  |  12:51 PM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown planning

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013

What happens with congressional employees if the government shuts down?

The House Administration Committee released shutdown guidance on Tuesday.

By Josh Hicks  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/26/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  eye opener, shutdown

Posted at 03:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013

Chart | How a shutdown would impact federal agencies

Find out what some agencies have said about their plans for a government shutdown if Congress and the White House fail to avoid that fate.

By Josh Hicks  |  03:58 PM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown, shutdown chart

Posted at 10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

What is the cost of a government shutdown?

It may sound counter-intuitive, but experts say the government would lose money with a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  10:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

‘Nonessential’ label is upsetting to federal workers

Funding lapse would trigger stigmatizing distinctions among agency employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  09:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  federal employees, furlough, government shutdown

Posted at 08:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013

How would a shutdown affect national security?

The answers may lie in the contingency plans that federal agencies submitted in 2011, when the government last reached the brink of a shutdown.

By Josh Hicks  |  08:01 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  shutdown

Posted at 06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013

Government shutdown? We want to hear from federal workers

Federal workers: We want to hear what you think about a possible government shutdown

By Lisa Rein  |  06:02 AM ET, 09/25/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013

Shutdown threat raises pay, benefits issues for federal employees

Some answers to common questions about the financial impact on the government’s workforce.

By Eric Yoder  |  06:01 AM ET, 09/24/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  benefits, federal employees, government shutdown, health insurance, pay, retirement

Posted at 05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013

Unions launch offensive against potential government shutdown

The unions demand back pay for federal employees who would be sent home.

By Lisa Rein  |  05:48 PM ET, 09/19/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013

OMB to agencies: Start making shutdown plans

Plans for possible funding lapse are to include review of which employees would stay on the job.

By Eric Yoder  |  10:53 AM ET, 09/18/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  agency closings, furloughs, government shutdown

Posted at 02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013

Short-term House spending measure would avoid shutdown

The chairman of the House Appropriations Committee proposed the plan, which would extend current funding levels through mid-December.

By Josh Hicks  |  02:49 PM ET, 09/11/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  government shutdown

Posted at 01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013

10 questions and answers on budgetary threats to federal employees

How the triple threats of the debt limit, sequestration and a government shutdown could affect federal employees.

By Eric Yoder  |  01:55 PM ET, 01/23/2013 |  Permalink  |  Comments ( 0)
Tags:  debt ceiling, federal employees, furloughs, government shutdown, sequestration