OPM Issues New ‘Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs’

OPM has updated its Furlough Guidance website with new information on furloughs.

On Friday, October 11, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) updated its Furlough Guidance website with new information on furloughs.

On the website is Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs (October 11, 2013) and a Table of Recent Changes.  The Table addresses changes to its guidance made on October 4, 8, 9 and 11.

Also on the page is Information on Paychecks for September 22 through October 5, 2013 Pay Period which consists of a series of FAQs on payroll.  It does seem a little disingenuous of OPM to tell employees to contact the Agency human resources office for specific guidance since most of those offices are closed. (Come on, OPM, get real).

OPM also lists a series of contacts with the following caveat:

“For further information on the procedural requirements for taking furlough actions and the rights and entitlements which accrue to employees in a furlough status, agency human resources specialists may contact the following OPM offices. (Please note that these contacts may not be available during a furlough that affects OPM.) Employees must contact their agency human resources office for information.”

I guess they don’t know who’s home at OPM.  Although many have feared for a while now that nobody was home at the Agency.  (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)  Come on, guys, don’t give out contacts that may not be available to frustrated Feds who have been outta work for two weeks.

Also on the website is a link to unemployment FAQs from Department of Labor and some other useful info.

I think the above links are accurate as of my writing.  If not, it’s nobody’s fault but mine.

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Bob Gilson is a consultant with a specialty in working with and training Federal agencies to resolve employee problems at all levels. A retired agency labor and employee relations director, Bob has authored or co-authored a number of books dealing with Federal issues and also conducts training seminars.