Furlough Resources for GSA Employees

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Employee News

NEW: Partial Shutdown Ends [January 25, 2019]

The President has signed a continuing resolution through February 15, 2019.

NEW: Payroll Update Regarding Employee 2018 W-2 Forms [January 23, 2019]

In response to the federal furlough, all GSA employees will receive a printed and mailed 2018 W-2 statement post marked no later than Jan. 31, regardless if the employee elected electronic copy or not. . Find out more [DOCX - 47 KB].

NEW: Email message delivered to GSA employees on “Exception from Furlough” status or “Furlough” [January 22, 2019]

Based on your status you have received one of the following emails in your GSA email account titled “Second Notice of Exception from Furlough” or “Second Notice of Furlough” in addition to a message from GSA Administrator Murphy.

If you have not logged into your GSA email account, please do so to receive, read, and promptly reply using the instructions to verify receipt.

For more information, please monitor your GSA email and GSA.gov for updates.

As a reminder "non-excepted" employees may not use government-provided information technology or other equipment, including your work laptop, cell phone, or other mobile device, except to intermittently check for updates on furlough or recall (return to work) status.

OPM has issued a revised fact sheet and two memoranda related to the current lapse in appropriations [January 24, 2019] :

GSA Chief Human Capital (CHCO) Office Support Resources

AskHR@GSA.gov Support Email

As a reminder "non-excepted" employees may not use government-provided information technology or other equipment, including your work laptop, cell phone, or other mobile device, except to intermittently check for updates on furlough or recall (return to work) status. To submit questions via Askhr@GSA.gov you must use your personal computer and email.

GSA CHCO staffs are monitoring this account for your questions related to the furlough. Please ensure to include as much information as possible to ensure they are able to properly assist you.

Toll Free Furlough Message Line

If you prefer to leave a message for the CHCO team on voice-mail, you can call 1-800-651-4826 and leave a voice message. All requests will be addressed in the order they are received.

Frequently Asked Questions

OPM Shutdown/Furlough Guidance [PDF] - Published answers to a range of federal employee questions regarding government shutdown.

Employee Timekeeping and Pay and Leave Information

UPDATED (1/23/2019) OPM FACT SHEET: Pay and Benefits Information for Employees Affected by the Lapse in Appropriations

Time Cards

Time cards will be updated by authorized GSA Time Administrators for “Excepted and Non-excepted employees. Exempt employees will continue to utilize the normal time card certification process.

2018 W-2 Form Now Available

The 2018 W-2 statement is now available electronically through https://www.employeeexpress.gov. If you selected the paper version, they will be available by January 31.

If you have any questions, contact the GSA PSB Customer Service Representatives at via email at KC-Payroll.Finance@gsa.gov.

Unemployment Insurance Information for Federal Workers

NOTE: Employees who receive unemployment compensation and later receive back pay for the period of time they were furloughed will be required to re-pay the unemployment compensation.

The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has provided the additional unemployment insurance (UI) guidance below for employees and agencies in the event of a lapse in appropriations.

Federal Employee Checklist

If you are affected by a federal government shutdown, you may be eligible for unemployment insurance (UI). In federal government shutdowns, only essential employees report for duty therefore minimal staff will be available to process requests for information. To assist states with processing your claim, you may find it very helpful to obtain the following documents and/or information prior to your last day of employment:

  • Leave and Earning Statements (LES) for the past 12 months (via personal computer on Employee Express)
  • Official Name and Address of Employing Federal Agency
  • Official Name and Address of Component or Employing Department, if different
  • A copy of your most recent SF-50 or equivalent form
  • Contact information for your agency’s human resource personnel who can provide assistance during the shutdown
  • Federal Agency's Identification Code (FIC) [PDF]
  • Specifics of your Last Official Duty Station

Please keep in mind that the process by which individuals apply for UI varies from state to state. The intent of this checklist is to provide a baseline of documentation that might assist you in completing an application.

Sample Letters for Furloughed Employees’ Creditors

Executive Branch Shutdown Guidance and Resources

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