As noted in President Dennis Ray’s update of Friday, January 4, 2019, a Shutdown Furlough Information page has been created on the NASCOE website. The page is NOT intended to replace agency guidance, but will accumulate information received by NASCOE Leadership regarding the shutdown and furlough. The button can be accessed at www.nascoe.org.
Information that is referenced on this page includes:
Link to the Office of Personnel Management website
OPM’s Shutdown Furlough Guidance Page
FAQs on Emergency Furlough
Department of Labor resources on Unemployment Benefits
SF-8 Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees form with USDA Information
USDA Ops Center Website
All NASCOE Communications on Shutdown and Furlough
The Furlough Information page will be updated throughout the shutdown as NASCOE leadership receives information. Members are asked to refer any questions to their state association President, who will forward to NASCOE leadership through the Area Executives.
If you haven’t done so already, please follow the NASCOE website by visiting www.nascoe.org and entering your home email address in the “Follow blog by email” box. On Facebook, enter @NASCOENews in the search box to find and “Like” the Nascoe News page.
As we go into the weekend without a resolution to the shutdown,
our legislative Consultant Hunter Moorhead, has provided an update on where the
process is currently. You should be receiving that soon if you haven’t already.
NASCOE appreciates the answers shared by FSA leadership and the
Business Center to questions we submitted last week as the shutdown began,
however we know that many questions remain. While there isn’t much new
information to pass on, we will try to share what we know.
PP 26 pay status. Information provided last week indicated that PP 26 would process on schedule for the time the agency was funded. As of right now we have not received guidance on the logistics of how that will work.
The FAQ document provided in the email from the Secretary’s Office has some good information. If you did not forward that to your home email, a copy of it will be posted to the NASCOE webpage.
NASCOE will continue to monitor both congressional and departmental developments. Hopefully there will be more information to share soon.
The NASCOE webpage is being updated to include links to the OPM webpage that contains information on the lapse in funding, including information on unemployment resources. Since each state is different NASCOE will provide the link from OPM as opposed to trying the provide specific answers.
The NASCOE webpage is in the process of adding a page devoted to furlough and shutdown information. That should be done by the morning of January 5th and our publicity chair will send out an update when that page is live.
As we wait for further
guidance, please continue to send your questions up through your state
presidents and area execs. We will forward those
questions to leadership for their review and response. As unusual as this
shutdown has been, answers are difficult to come by. As mentioned above the
NASCOE webpage will post all available information so please follow www.nascoe.org for the latest updates.
January 4, 2019 Appropriations Update Hunter Moorhead, Legislative Consultant
Another week has passed without an agreement to reopen the federal
government. The President hosted a meeting today with Congressional Leadership
to discuss how to fund border security wall and reopen the government. While
folks believe progress was made, the government will remain closed into next
week. The below text outlines the public conversation between negotiators. In
addition, the House Appropriations Committee today introduced disaster
legislation. As you all know, we will provide information should the President
or Congress announce any deal to reopen the federal government.
Following Meeting with President Trump
resolve the issue until the government reopens
committed to defending the country and our constitution
hold millions of Americans hostage…open the government and continue the
resisted…said he would keep the government closed for months or years
Press – Progress on a dollar figure?
we made some progress on the negotiations
job growth…factories are moving back to the US…312,000 jobs
meeting – Pelosi and Schumer…on the same path
meetings this weekend
Patrol laid out the problem
people entering where we don’t have walls…officer shot and killed
entry have walls…these people go to the weakest part…some walking
CA is working
US Steel Companies
work over the weekend
5.6 billion…may add other items
into the shutdown…crisis on the border
2,000 people are stopped trying to enter the country
provided the leadership American people expect…committed to build a wall on the
Kushner and Secretary Nielsen will lead the weekend negotiations
needs border security and the government open
get this done
House Appropriations Committee Emergency Disaster Appropriations bill
Title I – Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
Agricultural Programs — $1.1 billion. Payments for crop and livestock
losses due to hurricanes, typhoons, volcanic activities, or wildfires during
Emergency Forest Restoration Program — $480 million. Assistance to
owners of private forests to restore disaster-damaged forests.
Watershed and Flood Prevention Operations — $125 million. Financial and
technical assistance to states and local sponsors to protect and restore
watersheds up to 250,000 acres.
Rural Community Facilities Program — $150 million. Grants for facilities
to provide health care, education, public safety, and public services to rural
Nutrition Assistance Program for Puerto Rico — $600 million.
Additional funding to continue disaster nutrition benefits in Puerto Rico
during its recovery from Hurricane Maria.
Nutrition Assistance Program for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana
Islands (CNMI) — $10.2 million. Additional funding for nutrition benefits
in CNMI following typhoons in September and October.
In addition —
Provide trade mitigation assistance through the Market Facilitation Program to producers who derive at least 75 percent of their adjusted gross income from farming, ranching, or forestry related activities.
§ Provide trade mitigation
assistance through the Market Facilitation Program to producers who derive at
least 75 percent of their adjusted gross income from farming, ranching, or
forestry related activities.
Many questions still remain about the furlough and how to proceed. I have just received the following information from the FPAC Business Center and FSA leadership.
Dennis Ray NASCOE President
Coding time — The county employees should code their timesheets for days worked, holidays on December 24 and December 25, as well as any leave taken between December 26 and December 28 before the furlough which takes effect at close of business on December 28. Once we have guidance from the Department’s Office of Human Resources Management and the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) regarding timesheet coding for the furlough days, we will provide guidance from the FPAC Human Resources Division. Keep in mind there may be legislation enacted to pay employees for the days they were furloughed.
Retirements — Per OPM regulations, regardless of whether there is a furlough, retirements are retroactive to the date employees make them effective. Employees will also not lose any leave over 240 hours, as it may be restored.
Salaries — PP 25 salaries will be paid on schedule. PP26 paychecks for exempt employees will be paid on schedule. Exempt employees, per the Department’s Office of Human Resource Management (OHRM), will not have to wait to be paid until the furlough is over.
Leave — Leave taken while county employees are still funded is treated just like leave taken under normal funding – “business as usual”. Any scheduled leave on a furlough day is cancelled and the hours are treated as furlough time.
Shutdown procedures — The instructions for orderly shutdown were in the attached letter which the county employees received on the morning of Wednesday, December 26, 2018.
Furlough letter — The official furlough notice was provided on Wednesday, December 26 and the FPAC Human Resources Division will not be issuing another letter to county employees. The furlough begins at close of business on Friday, December 28, and employees can either complete shutdown activities today before they leave (December 28) or come into the office on Monday, December 31 to do so. If they cannot come into the office, the shutdown procedure can be completed upon their return to the office.
Services to the Service Center — I do not know whether services will be affected at service centers. Here in Washington, DC, even though folks are working in this building, we have no services, such as trash pickup or cleaning.