Federal Firefighters
San Diego IAFF Local F-33
Guidance for Shutdown Information
Updated On: Sep 22, 2023

Local Officers,
We are about nine days away from a possible government shutdown.  Please ensure your members know this and are as prepared as possible.  Of course, we all hope Congress can find some common ground and avoid a shutdown.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has not issued any new guidance for a shutdown.  The previous guidance from 2021 is available here. 

If I receive any new guidance from OPM, I will distribute it.
Also, this OPM page has additional fact sheets and guidance for your members.
https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Shutdown-Furlough (https://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/#url=Shutdown-Furlough)
I've attached the DOD Contingency Plan dated August 2023 for those of you who are DoD.  DoD is designating fire protection as excepted in this plan.  If the PDF attachment will not open for you, here is a link.


Here is a White House link to the most recent Shutdown contingency plans from Federal Agencies.
https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-for-agencies/agency-contingency-plans/ (https://www.whitehouse.gov/omb/information-for-agencies/agency-contingency-plans/)
In most cases, emergency services and some other occupations are excepted from the shutdown.  This means employees who are not furloughed are expected to work during the shutdown.  However, employees will not be paid while the shutdown is in effect.  Retroactive pay is provided after the shutdown ends. (See the Federal News Network article link below for more on that).   Paid leave (sick, annual, etc.) is normally canceled during a shutdown.
What happens to furloughed Employees (Article).

Your employer/agency should provide additional information to your members as we get closer to a shutdown.  During the last shutdown, some agencies followed different parameters.  Again, let us hope that Congress gets its act together and finds a resolution.
Jim Johnson
Federal Fire Fighters
IAFF-16th District


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