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 the following steps before the shutdown:
- Take a copy of your most recent form SF-50 with you before the shutdown begins. Your SF-50 is only available in HR Connect, and this site will not be accessible during a shutdown.
- You will also need the Standard Form 8 from GAO. Please note: 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, which will remain available. Employee representatives plan to be actively engaged with GAO in the event of a shutdown to resolve unforeseen issues. We will share any additional information that we receive from GAO management. In the meantime, please see the GAO Announcement that was emailed to all employees for additional guidance, as well as information on the Intranet (at this link).
As a reminder, according to information provided by GAO, 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.
If you have questions, please feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org.