Government shutdown: day 2 updates

We’re now into day 2 of the federal government shutdown, and the Career Center will continue to use this space to keep you up-to-date. Here are some important reminders and updates for students and alumni currently on furlough:

  • Do not work during the shutdown. Conducting any federal business, including checking your work email, while on furlough is a violation of U.S. law.
  • According to Federal News Radio, federal employees can expect to be paid as scheduled on October 15 for hours worked through September 30.
  • As many federal websites are down and email is inaccessible, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management has provided a comprehensive PDF document on its website with shutdown guidance for federal employees. Although it is a large file, it is well-organized and can be easily searched to find answers to specific questions or concerns.
  • The Washington Post held a live Q&A earlier today to answer questions about the impact of the shutdown on veterans and the military.
  • The Post is also maintaining a list of agency-by-agency updates with information about the number of employees furloughed, overall consequences of the shutdown by department and, where available, links to agency shutdown plans.
  • Federal News Radio reports that a bipartisan bill has been introduced in the House to ensure back-pay for furloughed federal employees.
  • Government Executive is keeping an updated list of “shutdown specials” at DC-area businesses.

If you’re interested in keeping track of shutdown news, visit the Washington Post, Federal News Radio, Government Executive and Federal Times for updates.

As always, the Career Center encourages you to share your shutdown experiences in the comments section of this blog. We look forward to hearing from you!