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Page Information Updated: Wednesday, 21 February 2024

Temporary Funding Countdown Clock

Congress passed a temporary two-part funding package on January 18, 2024. The Senate voted first to pass the measure by a tally of 77 to 18. The House passed the bill later in the day, 314 to 108.

The first part funding will expire on Friday, March 01, 2024, at 11:59:59 pm ET. The countdown clock belows reflects the expiration date and time.

Background: Government Shutdowns

Federal agencies are currently funded through 01 March 2024 and 08 March 2024. When there is a budget impasse where Congress has not passed required appropriations, this page activates to assist Union members and Bargaining Unit Employees (BUEs) in the event of a budget funding lapse and federal employees are furloughed.

All government shutdowns have been precipitated by a lapse in government appropriations.

  • Historically, a government shutdown due to a lapse is appropriated funding has significant impact upon a large segment of federal employees, but not all.
  • Historically, a government shutdown due to a lapse is appropriated funding has had minimal, indirect impact upon most Americans.

Backpay After Government Shutdown Furlough

As a reminder, NFFE fought hard to pass the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act. This ensures that in the event of a funding lapse, all furloughed employees will receive their pay retroactively upon the government reopening. In the past, furloughed employees relied on the Congress to grant special authority to pay workers for the time spent at home during a shutdown. Under the 2019 law, all affected federal workers are guaranteed to receive backpay.

Current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU)

What Happens ...?

If a shutdown happens:

  1. Report to work as usual unless the Forest Service informs you in writing that you are officially furloughed. Otherwise, you risk an unexcused absence if you are not furloughed.
  2. Follow NFFE-FSC on Facebook @ForestServiceCouncil.
  3. Review your personal finances and prepare for the possibility of delayed paychecks.
  4. Regularly visit the NFFE-FSC website and NFFE-FSC on Facebook for news and updates!