Subject: Notification of Furlough Status.
Date: September 26, 2013
FROM: Janice Fried, Director, Office of Human Capital
SUBJECT: Notification of Furlough Status.
As discussed in the Administrator’s message on Wednesday September 24, 2013, annual funding for the government will expire at midnight on September 30, 2013, with no further agreement reached to fund Federal agencies. In this event, Federal departments and agencies will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations performing activities funded by annual appropriations, except those related to the orderly suspension of operations or performance of excepted activities. This means that employees who do not perform activities excepted by law will be furloughed and unable to work.
Our contingency plan assumes that International Space Station (ISS) activities will continue to protect the lives of the crew members on orbit and the safety and security of the ISS. Existing satellite missions in operation also will continue to protect the satellites and the data being collected. In addition, other activities involving protection of life and property will continue. All other agency activities not determined to be legally exempt will stop.
Our contingency planning for the potential funding lapse includes legal determination of which agency functions are excepted from a furlough. We have determined which of our activities may continue under these legal requirements.
All NASA employees, unless individually informed otherwise by your supervisor(s), are designated as non-excepted. This means that, if funding lapses, you will be furloughed.
We will continue to update you as more information becomes available, to include providing guidance about what you should do on the morning of Tuesday October 1, 2013 if no funding resolution has been achieved by then.
The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has posted information on their website to answer your questions about furlough at http://www.opm.gov/policy-data-oversight/pay-leave/furlough-guidance/guidance-for-shutdown-furloughs.pdf and NASA has posted FAQs at http://inside.nasa.gov/offices/ocfo/nasaonly/shutdown.html