Frequently Asked Questions: Shutdown Due to a Lapse in Appropriation - January 15, 2019

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Frequently Asked Questions
Shutdown Due to a Lapse in Appropriation

January 15, 2019

The following provides general questions and answers (Q&A) regarding a furlough.

The guidance found in these Q&A has been drawn from Office Personnel Management’s (OPM) government-wide guidance at: Please also check OPM's website for the most up-to-date guidance on general matters.

Additional Q&As and supplemental guidance from Office of Management and Budget (OMB) are at:


Q. Are there any major changes related to the shutdown?

A. The most overarching change relates to travel. Please note the following guidance which applies to both “excepted” and “exempt” staff.

All employee international travel, regardless of whether the employee is “excepted” or “exempt”, that is expected to commence on or after January 11, 2019 must be approved by the Bureau or Independent Office Head or the Mission Director with a copy of such approval sent to the M/AA Tasker at For purposes of this new requirement, employee travel means international travel performed by U.S. Direct Hires and Personal Service Contractors (including U.S., FSN, and TCN.)

Note: All in-country travel is exempt from this process.

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 8:15am

Last updated: January 18, 2019