(Closed) Federal employees– re: goverment shutdown

posted 9 years ago in Legal
Post # 47
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293 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

As of today our department is still questionable for the furlough according to our latest staff email. I work for the VA, but work in research and our research grants are federally funded hmmm…

I’ve survived a furlough before at my last job, so hopefully if this happens I can survive it again although that would really SUCK (for lack of a better term)!

Post # 48
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850 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I had a similar thing happen to me that Mealissa had, in that we were told 3 weeks before it happened that our paychecks would be cut by 1% (so NOBODY had time to budget for it – and thats 2% for a household if the husband AND wife were teaching, which is a HUGE hit). Premiums and health qualifications increased, but health coverage went down.

I feel for you guys, especially those with weddings in the next month or so. There certainly needs to be a radical change in how decisions are made – the people cannot keep suffering for the actions of stoic, reticent politicians who do not realize or care about the effects of their decisions.

Post # 49
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m a full time gov contractor for the fed and non-essential. I’ve been told that I have to use my paid time off (vacation time) if there is a furlough. I’m in a panic because I kind of had my vacation time earmarked for my wedding and honeymoon!!!! If this goes on for too long and kills my leave balance, I won’t have time to rebuild the balance up by next year since I already had my yearly vacation this year. Cry

Post # 50
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

Not a Federal employee, but I’m sorry that Congress has gone 6 months past their start of the fiscal year deadline to take care of this.  Geez.  I take more than 6 months past a deadline in my job, I get fired. 

Post # 51
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340 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

Husband and I are both federal employees. So very worried right now!

Post # 52
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

there’s a lot of misinformation floating around on this thread and in some agencies. you cannot use al during a furlough, because you cannot do anything that results in a charge to the government. check out opm’s faqs.

it’s interesting that a lot of you are being told to go in on monday…we were told to stay away from the buildings completely and basically just watch the news to see when the govt reopens. you also don’t have to turn in any blackberries, laptops, etc. or clean out your desks — you just have to turn everything off. do not use webmail either.

in addition to no pay, i get to look forward to no garbage collection for at least a week. yayyyy congress!

Post # 53
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I work for a federally-funded research study, and we’re all kind of waiting in the wings to see how this will all play out.  The hope is that it won’t impact us locally, but our National Program Office will likely close until the issue is resolved, and that would be such a mess.

So stressful!

Post # 54
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@kitzy: For some of the workers on Monday, it’s simply to shut down their systems for a “full” closure.  While the department I work at is not “essential” we have some carry over balances from previous years, so supposedly we are supposed to come into work, although it is very unclear about how we’re being paid.  I mean hell, I work for the Chief Financial Officer, and even our office has no idea how this is all working!

In terms of leave etc, you CANNOT take leave.  You also cannot check your email or log on remotely.  Doing so can leave you open to prosecution or fines.  It’s ridiculous, but it’s appropriations law.

This whole situation is so infuriating.  I do my job, and I do it well, and I worked damn hard to even get this position.  Congress needs to stop posturing and stop scoring political points and just pass the freakin FY11 appropriations, then get into an argument about FY12 when people’s lives don’t depend on it. 

Hopefully given the politically-sensitive issues surrounding a shutdown, even if we do get shutdown it won’t last long.  I’m just thankful I have some savings, because there is no way that we could survive off of FI’s salary alone. 

Post # 55
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012

They took all our phone numbers so that they can call us to come in or not.  According to the people in my unit that were here the last time there was a furlough they were called every morning and informed if it was a work day or not for three weeks. 

Post # 56
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622 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I do agree that OPM’s FAQs are the best source of information. Just to help, I’m posting the link again: http://www.opm.gov/furlough2011/

Also, please note that @NauticalBride2011 has a point – even in the OPM FAQs, they point out that essential work can also be work done to prepare for a full shutdown.

Basically I’m saying to that all federal workers should review OPM’s information and make sure there’s nothing contrary to what you think you’ve been told. You’ll probably want to do that today or early tomorrow so you can have any misinformation sorted out before COB tomorrow.

Post # 57
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I just looked at the OPM site and it says that our Vision and Dental insurance won’t continue if there is a furlough.  Is that correct?

ETA: Oh it looks like coverage will continue for 2 pay periods when payments are not made.

Post # 58
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

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@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: Sad to say, but if OPM says that, then no, probably not. Our health and life insurance benefits, however, do continue. 

Post # 59
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

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@NauticalBride2011:;
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@MrsSaltWaterTaffy: I would ask your HR rep. In some cases if you pay the premium directly to the company out of pocket then you can keep your coverage longer. It might be worth a shot.

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