This page contains information and resources for federal employees affected by the partial government shutdown. It also serves to inform the media and the public on the shutdown’s negative effect on America’s civil servants.
We are updating this portal frequently, focusing on congressional activity, media statements and opportunities for NARFE members and nonmembers to engage in telling their unique stories. Please check back often for updates.
The Latest Shutdown Updates:
January 16, 2019 – President Trump signs into law the Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, providing furloughed employees with back pay once the shutdown ends
January 16, 2019 – The House of Representatives failed to pass a two-week continuing resolution to reopen the government, and with congressional leaders and the White House failing to engage in negotiations at this point, the longest government shutdown in history continues on. In the meantime, the Administration is calling previously furloughed employees back to work to tackle critical services.
January 11, 2019 – House passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens. >
January 10, 2019 – Senate passes legislation providing federal employees with back pay when the government reopens.
January 8, 2019 – NARFE presented a webinar “Shutdown: Get Answers - Take Action” in which NARFE National President Ken Thomas and Staff Vice President for Advocacy Jessica Klement addressed a number of areas affecting Feds, including pay, healthcare, workforce personnel, retirement claims, unemployment and more.
January 4, 2019 – With the Senate refusing to take legislative action to end the shutdown, NARFE called on senators to stop political bickering and putting party over country and calls out the Trump administration for not relating to federal employees or America’s financially struggling families.
January 3, 2019 – On the first day of the 116th Congress, the House passed legislation that would bring an end to the shutdown and reopen the federal government. The Senate did not consider the legislation.
December 28, 2018 - Congressional leaders and the White House appear to be at an impasse on moving forward with funding a portion of the government, all but ensuring this partial government shutdown stretches into January when the new 116th Congress convenes on January 3rd.
December 22, 2018, 3:30pm - Senate leaders announced the chamber has adjourned until December 27, effectively ensuring the government will not reopen until Thursday at the earliest.
December 22, 2018, 12:01 A.M. – With congressional failure to pass government funding, several federal departments and agencies are now closed. “Non-excepted” (non-essential) federal employees will be forced to stay home without any promise of back pay.
This page will be updated as events unfold. Some departments and agencies have received full fiscal year 2019 funding and are not affected by the shutdown. These departments are: Labor, Energy, Defense, Health and Human Services, Education and Veterans Affairs as well as the Social Security Administration and other independent agencies.