What Federal Workers Need to Know About a Government Shutdown

The federal government partially shut down at midnight on Saturday, December 22, 2018. This means that the lives of federal employees are again affected by Congress and the White House’s failure to do their job.

“Our members in the federal sector are once again dealing with the consequences of political squabbles in Washington,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “These hard-working men and women deserve the support of our elected officials, not a shutdown during the holidays. We are using every resource necessary to keep our federal workers informed during this needless shutdown.”

In order to assist you with local preparations, IAM International President Bob Martinez has directed the IAM Government Employees Department to gather the following guidance to assist you:

OPM Shutdown Furlough Guidance and FAQs

Table of Recent Changes to Guidance 

Unemployment Insurance Resources

Shutdown Furlough Information

As of December 22, the following departments and agencies are already funded for fiscal year 2019:

  • Army Corps of Engineers
  • Department of Defense
  • Department of Education
  • Department of Energy
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Bureau of Reclamation, Department of the Interior
  • Department of Labor
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Nuclear Regulatory Commission
  • Social Security Administration


The following departments and agencies have NOT been funded and are affected by a government shutdown:

  • Department of Agriculture
  • Department of Commerce 
  • Department of Homeland Security
  • Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Justice
  • Department of State
  • Department of Transportation
  • Department of Treasury
  • District of Columbia
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Executive Office of the President
  • Federal Communications Commission
  • Food and Drug Administration
  • General Service Administration
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration
  • Securities and Exchange Commission
  • National Park Service
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