Bill would forbid furloughed feds from 'double dipping'

A Texas lawmaker last week introduced a bill to prevent furloughed federal employees from "double-dipping" compensation.

The Furloughed Federal Employee Double Dip Elimination Act (H.R. 2512), sponsored by Rep. Kevin Brady (R-Texas), clarifies that federal employees who receive back pay for a period during which they are furloughed due to a lapse in appropriations may not also receive unemployment compensation for the same period.

During the October 2013 government shutdown, the Department of Labor advised state workforce agencies that federal workers furloughed during the shutdown were considered to be unemployed—and therefore might be eligible for unemployment compensation. As a result, some feds did claim and receive unemployment insurance compensation.

When the shutdown ended a few weeks after DOL issued its first advisory, the department then notified the state agencies that the continuing resolution passed by Congress fully compensated furloughed employees—and therefore those employees "now must be considered to have been in pay status from Oct. 1, 2013, until the end of the lapse in appropriations" (Oct. 17.). As a result, DOL told states they were required to recover the funds they had paid out.

Confusion arose at that time because some states' laws governing unemployment benefits are written in such as way that feds in those states who claimed benefits appeared to be able to keep the money under state law.

Reader comments

Tue, Jul 14, 2015

As a federal employee in Colorado, I had to apply day one of the furlough as there is a state required 1 week waiting period and it starts date of application, NOT date of furlough. So since we had no idea how long the furlough was, most of us furloughed employees applied immediately. However, we were not worried of double dipping as the state required reimbursement, if in fact they paid us unemployment and if we received back pay from the federal government. Due to the timing of both, I never actually received any unemployment payment. So i didn't have to pay back anything. That made me happy. But I bet the state unemployment office hated all the extra paperwork processing our claims.

Fri, Jun 12, 2015 Cynical Bill

What this article points out or clearly demonstrates is a lack of "Personal Financial Management" not only by Federal Employee's but the general American Citizen. Take personal responsibility and get your own financial house in order because you certainly can't expect the Federal Government to do it for themselves.....Get your "30-Day Emergency Fund" funded and quit living in a "Fools Paradise" and counting on Unemployment Compensation or other Social programs to fill the gap!!!

Wed, Jun 3, 2015

So is this Texas lawmaker will to give some of his salary for federal employees that are or were Furloughed due to white house stupidity

Tue, Jun 2, 2015

They are triple-dipping as these government furloughed employees (of which I am one) are then paid when congress signs in a new budget, even though they didn't work! Our tax dollars given x3 (a free vacation, paid for not working and unemployment). When my state furloughs employees the only way they get back pay is if they utilize accrued vacation or earned comp time. They do not get paid for not working. (Oops, forgot how many people have the "I deserve it free" attitude).

Mon, Jun 1, 2015

Good that Congressman Brady is making sure federal employees are not cheating the American public out of hundreds of dollars. A true American patriot.

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