Although we are hopeful a government shutdown will be averted later this week, we know that some executive branch agencies are taking steps to be prepared, and out of an abundance of caution, we wanted to share this information. In the absence of a signed continuing resolution, GAO and other federal agencies continue to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown this Saturday, October 1. As you likely know, when the government is shutdown, it is not possible to access the GAO internet externally, and employees will not be permitted into GAO HQ or other offices.
If you are concerned about the possibility of an extended government shutdown and think you might need to seek unemployment benefits in such an event, you will need to take a copy of your most recent form SF-50 with you before the shutdown begins. It is only available in HR Connect (www.hrconnect.treas.gov), and this site will not be accessible during a shutdown. You will also need the Standard Form 8 from GAO, linked here. Unemployment benefits are linked to the state or district in which your GAO office is located and not to your state or district of residence.
In the event of a shutdown, updates and contact information will be available on our GAO Employees Organization website at www.GAOEmployees.org. Representatives plan to be actively engaged with GAO in the event of a shutdown to resolve unforeseen issues.
As a reminder, per the FAQ [DM link] on the GAO intranet shutdown planning page, if there is a government shutdown due to a lapsed appropriation, it is against the law (the Antideficiency Act) to do agency work once you have concluded any appropriate orderly shutdown activities on the day the agency shuts down operations. See information on the GAO.gov website about the Antideficiency Act and the potential penalties for employees who violate it.