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Shutterstock photo ID: photo ID: 245503636 By Mark Van Scyoc Sign outside the Internal Revenue Service building in downtown Washington, DC on December 26, 2014.

IRS employees called in to work without pay for tax season

With tax filing season colliding with the shutdown, the IRS is bringing back tens of thousands of employees to process returns -- and most IT staffers were already excepted and on the job.

Thousands of D.C.- area feds file for unemployment

About 9,000 federal employees in the Washington, D.C. metro area have filed for unemployment insurance since the partial government shutdown began just before the holidays.

DC metro area snowstorm

Agencies not a part of shutdown close Jan. 14 due to weather

The Office of Personnel Management announced over the weekend that it will close federal agencies in the Washington, D.C.- metro area not included in the partial government shutdown do to a snow storm.

Report: Shutdown now illegal

With the federal government now being in the longest shutdown in history, it may now be illegal based on a precedent set by a previous shutdown.

Feds rally to end shutdown

Federal employees are coming together today to march to the White House in protest of the government shutdown.

Shutdown: WH, top lawmakers give primetime TV speeches, while unions see little progress

The partial shutdown of the federal government continued, lumbering through a third week—on Friday, Jan. 11, already matching the previous 21-day record for longest shutdown ever.

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Shutdown having 'a rotting effect on morale'

Furloughs and unpaid work have "a rotting effect on morale," said one former agency CFO. "That is an overarching concern in reopening after a shutdown of significant length – and I think we're at that point now."

House Dems include pay raise for feds in funding bill

House Democrats plan to open the new session of Congress by passing legislation to fund the federal government and end the partial shutdown.

Resources available for some to some furloughed feds

Short-term loans, unemployment insurance and hardship loans for qualifying employees are being offered to many federal employees currently not receiving pay due to the partial government shutdown.

House Dems try to reopen agencies piecemeal

House Democrats are trying to get individual spending bills passed this week in order to reopen some federal agencies.

Q&A: What’s happening in government to cause the current partial federal shutdown?

This week in FEND, Nathan Abse interviews Kenneth Warren, a professor of political science and expert on the federal civil service at St. Louis University about the partial government shutdown.

Federal Benefits Q&A

Question: I have retired as of December 31, 2018. My paperwork package has now gone to NFC for processing. I have 155 hours of annual leave that I will receive as a lump sum payment. Will the shutdown delay the processing of my lump sum payment to me?

DHS finds way to pay Coast Guard workers during shutdown

Servicemembers and retirees of the National Coast Guard were paid their regularly scheduled paychecks despite the ongoing partial government shutdown.

Lawmaker seeks answers to TSA employee call-outs

The chairman of the Homeland Security Committee wants to know how many TSA officers have called in sick during the shutdown after reports of a spike in call-outs.

Some Important Social Security Changes Resulting from 2.8 Percent COLA Effective Jan. 1, 2019

Effective Jan. 1, 2019, Social Security recipients received a 2.8 percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) on their benefits. This week’s column discusses the effect of the 2.8 COLA on Social Security benefits and limits. These benefits and limits include the minimum earnings for one earnings credit and the maximum amount an employee receiving Social Security benefits can earn without losing benefits.

Trump Rose Garden press conference Jan. 4 2019 flanked by Nielsen, Pence, McCarthy (scalise in background)

Could the gov't shutdown last 'years'?

The safety net for federal workers on the job without pay or furloughs is "having a strong border" the president said in a Jan. 4 news conference.

Bill will provide back pay to federal workers

A bipartisan group of House and Senate lawmakers has introduced legislation that would give federal employees retroactive pay after the partial government shutdown.

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Shutdown grinds on: Pay missed, feds suffer—and unions and critics push back

About a quarter of the federal government’s departments and agencies remained shut down entering a third week—kicking off a 2019 where the White House and congressional leaders showed themselves unable—and unwilling—to come to terms to pass funding bills to revive normal operations.

Loans, unemployment insurance available to some furloughed feds

Short-term loans, unemployment insurance and hardship loans for qualifying employees are being offered to many federal employees currently not receiving pay due to the partial government shutdown.

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