Government Shutdown and Your Pay

Government Shutdown: what does it mean for your salary, payment - find out at US

Democrats and Republicans couldn't agree on their differences over Obamacare. That caused a 16 days shutdown of the government in October 2013. What does that mean for your salary?

Essential, furloughed and independently funded agencies

Law and regulations governing shutdowns separate federal workers into essential and non-essential (or: excepted and non-excepted). The non-essential - estimated 800,000 federal workers - will be furloughed. Independently funded agencies will continue to work. Here is a list:

- Essential are employees and offices providing the national security, including the conduct of foreign relations essential to the national security: U.S. military and embassies abroad will keep operating.

- Essential are the 1.3 million civilian federal workers involved in operations deemed necessary to protect life and property, like air-traffic controllers, border control agents, FBI agents and prison guards.

- Agencies that are written into permanent law or get multi-funding will continue to work. That means for the time being that your Social Security checks, certain veteran benefits, unemployment benefits and food stamps will be send out.

- Agencies with independent funding will continue to work, like the U.S. Postal Service and Federal Reserve.

- Members of Congress pay is written in permanent law.

- Congress staff will be divided in essential and non-essential: many White House employees could be send home.

- City employees of the District of Columbia are declared essential by Mayor Vincent Gray. They will be paid by a cash reserve fund, but it not certain what will happen if the shutdown drags on longer.

- 800,000 federal civilian workers will be sent home on unpaid furlough; all national parks and monuments will be closed, Bureau of Labor Statistics will stop issuing job numbers; Small Business Administration will stop guaranteeing most new loans; IRS will stop auditing and answering phones, but you have to pay your tax bill; Securities and Exchange Commission will stop reviewing registrations.

How about payment of salary of essential employees?

The about 1.3 million essential civilian employees could see their paychecks delayed during the shutdown. The 1.4 million active military members will get paid no matter how long the shutdown lasts. President Obama signed in October 2013 a bill into law that guarantees active-duty military pay even when government is closed.


Sources used with more information on the effects of the shutdown:

Washington Post

USA Today






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