Auto-reply individualism: How many ways can you say ‘shutdown’?

October 1, 2013

There are 800,000 federal workers furloughed, and almost as many ways to write an out-of-office e-mail auto reply. The Post’s Ryan Kellett compiled these edited selections of e-mail responses from workers at the Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Environmental Protection Agency and other agencies that were received Tuesday.

●“The office is temporarily unavailable due to the suspension of Federal government services.”

●“I am out of the office celebrating another furlough day. I will return to office when ever the Government decides on a balance budget.”

●“I am out of the office for the duration of the government shutdown.”

●“As soon as funding is restored, I will return your email. Thank you for your patience.”

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●“I am out of the office without access to email due to the government shutdown with no anticipated date of return.”

● “Government shutdown. Not here. Not checking messages because not allowed to use government equipment during gov’t shutdown.”

● “Thank you for your email. Do to a lapse in funding, certain government activities have been suspended and I am unable to respond to your message at this time.”

● “Because of a potential government shutdown, I am out of the office until further notice.”

● “I will be out of the office and not checking work e-mail or voice mail during the remainder of the federal government shutdown, which is due to a lapse in appropriations.”

● “Thank you for your email. There is a temporary shutdown of the U.S. government due to a lapse in appropriations. I will respond to your message as soon as possible after the temporary shutdown ends.”

● “I will respond to your message once I have returned to work, but unfortunately I cannot predict when that will be.”

● “I am out of the office due to Government Shutdown Furlough.”

● “The office is temporarily unavailable due to the suspension of Federal government services. Please be aware that your e-mail will not be responded to and you may need to resend your e-mail once funding and services have been restored.”

● “Due to the absence of either an FY 2014 appropriation or Continuing Resolution for the Department of Health and Human Services, I am out of the office on furlough and I am not able to read or respond to your message.”

● “Due to the absence of either an FY 2014 appropriation or Continuing Resolution. . . I am out of the office on furlough and I am not able to read or respond to your message.”

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