General Information

Guidance for the 2014 Lapse in Appropriations

The October 1st Shutdown has Ended:

House Resolution 2775 posted 10/17/2013

Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Memo - Reopening Departments and Agencies posted 10/17/2013

Secretary of Defense Memo - Reopening the Government Posted 10/17/2013

Oct 7, 2013 - Secretary Hagel announces recall of most DoD civilians
  On Sat Oct 5, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced he is recalling most of the DoD civilians who were placed on furlough as a result of the government shutdown, which began Oct. 1. He said "... most DOD civilians will be asked to return to work beginning next week,"    More!

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Government agencies have been advised to execute plans for an orderly shutdown due to an absence of appropriations. Civilian employees scheduled to work on October 1 2013 should report to work as normal. Employees will either be placed in a furlough status or continue to work. Prior to departing, all furloughed employees should ensure their time and attendance is recorded for October 1-4, 2013 with furlough code KE. Furloughed employees will be paid for any time spent supporting the orderly shutdown, but that time will be processed retroactively after this situation is resolved.

For those employees excepted from furlough, further instructions will be provided for recording their time and attendance before October 4.

Employees exempt from the government shutdown (e.g. employing organization has funding available to continue normal operations), regular timekeeping rules apply.

Employees should monitor developments in the media to determine when to return to work.


A shutdown furlough is an unplanned or emergency event when there is a lapse in appropriations. A shutdown furlough is necessary when an agency no longer has the funds necessary to operate and must shut down those activities that are not excepted under the Antideficiency Act.

Federal employees may be familiar with these types of furloughs from instances in previous years in which the government has faced a potential shutdown. For additional information on shutdown furloughs see OPM's guidance for shutdown furloughs related to potential lapse in appropriations at Shutdown furloughs are considered emergency furloughs.

An emergency (unplanned) shutdown furlough is different than the administrative (planned) furlough affecting most of the civilian workforce during the summer months. An emergency furlough occurs when an agency no longer has the funds to operate and must shut down those activities not excepted. The Office of Management and Budget and the Department of Defense provides guidance on the criteria for excepted and not-excepted employees.

In the past, employees may be "excepted" from an unplanned furlough by law because they are (1) performing or supporting the performance of emergency work involving the safety of human life or the protection of property, (2) involved in the orderly suspension of agency operations, or (3) performing other functions exempted from the furlough. An "excepted" employee may be required to work in a non-pay status during the furlough period.

Funding for current government operations ended on 30 September 2013.

The Office of Civilian Human Resources provides guidance, fact sheets, FAQs and information to the workforce and the public via this designated webpage. Additional information on furloughs may be found at the Office of Personnel Management at or


Furlough FAQs/Q&As:

Furlough Memorandums & Guidance

Points of Contact:

For stress, counseling:

  • Employee Assistance Program -- EAP
    EAP (FOH4you) is a free, 24-hour confidential counseling and referral service that can help you and your family successfully deal with life's challenges. Available via phone at 1-800-222-0364, or online at

  • Federal Occupational Health's Work/Life program
    This is offered to you and your dependents at no cost and you can use the services as often as you like. Available via phone at 1-877-WL4-NOAA (1-877-954-6622), (TTY 800-873-1322), or online

Sequestration Information:

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