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Government Shutdown Impacts on Pay
Due to the government shutdown, the Department of Defense has no legal authority to pay any personnel - military or civilian - for the days during which the government is shut down. The shutdown will not affect payments to retirees and annuitants as those funds come from a retirement trust fund. Below is the effect the government shutdown will have on active duty military, civilian personnel, retirees and annuitants, and DoD contractors.
Military Active and Reserve military members will be paid on time for pay earned prior to the expiration of the CRA (midnight April 8) -- approximately half of their normal mid-month payment. Active duty military and on-duty reservists cannot be paid for duty performed after the CRA expired, until additional legislation is enacted. Once another CRA or an appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of pay will resume for pay earned after employees return to work. Military members who perform duty during the shutdown will be entitled to retroactive payments.
Civilian employees will be paid on the regular pay date for that portion of duty performed prior to the expiration of the most recent CRA (employees will be paid for duty performed through April 8). Once another CRA or an appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of pay will resume for pay earned after employees return to work. For furloughed employees, Congress will have to provide authority for retroactive payments to be made. Retirees
Military retirees and annuitants are not paid from Continuing Resolution Act (CRA) appropriations, so those payments will continue as scheduled.
As a revolving fund organization, DFAS will continue to make contract and vendor payments whenever it has all information needed to certify the payment. Whether contractors should continue to work during the shutdown depends upon factors including contract terms, funding and the work to be performed. The impact of expiration of the CRA on contract performance is a matter for the contracting activity to address with the contractor.
Active Duty, Military Pay
Q1. Will I get paid for my past work?
For any time up to when the Continuing Resolution Act (CRA) expires, active duty and reservists completing duty will be paid. The current CRA expires at midnight on April 8. Active and Reserve military members will be paid on time for pay earned prior to the expiration of the CRA -- approximately half of their normal mid-month payment.
Q2. Will I remain on duty?
Active duty and reservists on active duty will continue to report for duty.
Q4. Should I expect a delay in my pay date?
There are several key components to this answer. First, our military men and women will be paid on time for duty performed prior to the expiration of the most recent CRA. Second, at this time, active duty military and on-duty reservists cannot be paid for duty performed after the CRA expires until additional appropriations legislation is enacted. Finally, once another CRA or an appropriations act is signed into law, normal disbursement of pay will resume for pay. Military members will be paid for duty performed during the shutdown.
Q5. What if I am a civilian employee who performs National Guard or Reserve duty while furloughed? Is it a dual compensation situation?
It is not a dual compensation situation because furloughed employees are not in a pay status. You will be carried in a Leave Without Pay (LWOP) status. However, you will not be paid for any active duty military duty during the Government shutdown until after appropriations act are enacted.
Q1. Will I get paid for my past work?
DoD Civilians will be paid for each day worked through Friday, April 8. Because the normal pay period ends Saturday April 9, this will usually equate to a full paycheck.
Q2. I have heard that I will be required to work to perform activity that is excepted from the shutdown. Can you tell me the difference between an excepted and a non-excepted employee if the CRA expires and appropriations lapse?
Simply put, once appropriations are enacted the Government must pay employees who are required to perform excepted activities, whereas employees who are not required to perform excepted activities will be furloughed.
Q3. If I am a non-excepted employee and I get furloughed, how do I input my time, or will this be handled for me?
Personnel Actions for all furloughs would be completed. However, the timing of the furlough during the pay period may also require that either the employing DoD agency or employees input their time as well. You would be advised of your responsibilities when and as appropriate.
Q4. Will I be paid for a partial pay period?
There are several key components to this answer. First, if the CRA expires during the middle of a pay period, employees will be paid on the next regular pay date for that portion of service performed in the pay period prior to the expiration of the CRA. Second, in most cases, excepted employees cannot be paid for service performed during the shutdown until after appropriations are enacted. Finally, for furloughed employees, Congress will have to provide authority for retroactive payments to be made.
Retiree and Annuitant Pay
Q1. Will I continue to get paid if the government shuts down?
Yes, military retiree and annuitants are are not paid from CRA appropriations, so they will be paid on the regular schedule.
Q2. Will my pay be on time?
Yes. At this time, DoD contingency plans provide for on-time payments for retirees and annuitants.
Q1. Will DFAS still make scheduled allotment payments during the shutdown? Will DFAS notify recipients that no payments are being made because of the shutdown?
Military allotments and garnishment are released as part of the End of Month pay process. If a shutdown goes beyond End of Month processing, allotments and pay would be impacted by the lack of appropriations. Once a CRA or appropriations act is enacted, pay would be generated and allotments will be paid. Civilian allotments and garnishments will be processed as normal for the pay period ending April 9, 2011. DFAS will not notify allotment recipients that payments will not be made.
Q1. If I was TDY prior to the expiration of the CRA but my TDY period extends into the furlough period, will I be reimbursed for travel and lodging expenses during the furlough period since I was on orders?
If the CRA expires and appropriations lapse, travel expenses incurred through April 8 are payable. The travel expenses incurred by travelers promptly complying with orders to return to their duty station will be reimbursable as costs of the orderly shutdown of agency operations after appropriations are enacted. If immediate return is not possible, then return must be accomplished as soon as is practicable. If a traveler is directed to return and fails to promptly do so, the traveler is responsible for additional expenses incurred. Expenses incurred after April 8 by travelers who remain TDY, because continuation of TDY is in direct support of an excepted activity, will be reimbursable after appropriations are enacted.
Q2. If I returned from TDY just prior to the start of the furlough and submitted my voucher, will it be paid?
DFAS will continue to pay TDY vouchers for expenses incurred prior to any lapse in appropriations. Vouchers received for TDY trips that end prior to midnight of the last day of the CRA are payable.