FAQs: Government Shutdown

October 01, 2013
Q1.  Why is the shutdown taking place?
Appropriations provided under the 2013 Consolidated and further Continuing Appropriations Act expired 11:59 p.m. Sept. 30.  Neither an appropriations act nor a continuing resolution has been enacted, so the Army will not be permitted to incur further financial obligations except as required for the orderly shutdown of operations of the performance of excepted activities.

Q2.  Are Army Reserve military personnel going to be furloughed?
No.  Military personnel on active duty, including Army Reserve Soldiers on Federal active duty, will continue to report for duty and carry out assigned duties. Army Reserve personnel performing Active Guard Reserve (AGR) duty will continue to report for duty to carry out AGR-authorized duties and may be required to perform duties previously performed by Department of the Army Civilians assigned to their organization or unit.

Q3.  Will Army Reserve personnel perform their IDT and Annual Training during the shutdown?
Consult your chain of command for exceptions to this guidance. There is no substitute for chain of command guidance regarding exceptions. Army Reserve personnel will not perform inactive duty training resulting in the obligation of funds EXCEPT where such training directly supports an excepted activity. Army Reserve personnel may not be ordered to active duty EXCEPT in support of those military operations and activities necessary for national security, including fulfilling associated pre-deployment  requirements.
• Units currently at annual training will continue training until completion and return to home station under their annual training orders. 
• Units scheduled for annual training during the shutdown will not commence annual training unless they are doing so in preparation for deployment.
• Soldiers on ADT attending schools may remain on ADT until such time as their school is completed.

Q4.  What about ADOS-RC Soldiers?  Will they continue to train?
Soldiers on ADOS-RC orders may stay on duty. Commands should not initiate new ADOS-RC orders unless they are in direct support of units mobilizing in 90 days or other exempt activities.

Q5.  Which DA Civilians will work during the shutdown?
Consult your chain of command for exceptions to this guidance. There is no substitute for chain of command guidance regarding exceptions. Department of the Army Civilian personnel assigned to Army Reserve organizations and units, including military technicians, who are not necessary to carry out or support excepted activities are to be furloughed.  Only the minimum number of civilian employees necessary to carry out excepted activities will be excepted from furlough.  Positions that provide direct support to excepted positions may also be deemed excepted if they are critical to performing the excepted activity.  Determinations regarding the status of civilian positions will be made on a position-by-position basis, using the guidance in this document.  Determinations shall be made for all positions, including those in the Senior Executive Service or equivalent, as well as for those located overseas.
• Following the expiration of appropriations, a minimum number of civilian employees may be retained as needed to execute an orderly suspension of non-excepted activities within a reasonable timeframe.
• Senate-confirmed officials appointed by the President are not subject to furlough.  Their immediate office personnel necessary to support excepted activities may be excepted from furlough at the discretion of the appointee.
• Foreign national employees paid with host country funds are exempt from furlough. Additionally, foreign national employees  governed by country-to-country agreements that prohibit furloughs are exempt from furlough
Q6.  What about TDY travel?
Consult your chain of command for exceptions to this guidance. There is no substitute for chain of command guidance regarding exceptions. In the absence of appropriations, most TDY travel scheduled to begin after the shutdown occurs should be cancelled, except as noted below.  Any TDY travel that began prior to the shutdown should, except as noted below, be terminated as quickly as possible, but in an orderly fashion.  EXCEPTED: All TDY travel in direct support of the war in Afghanistan and other travel directly related to safety of life and protection of property, as well as foreign relations (e.g., negotiating international agreements), may be undertaken or continued ONLY if approved in writing by the appropriate approval authority listed below and only under the most limited circumstances.  The approval authority (which may be delegated to appropriate senior officials for such TDY travel is the Secretary of the Army.

Q7.  What about civilian contractors working for the Army Reserve?
Contractors performing under a fully funded contract (or contract option) that was awarded prior to the expiration of appropriations may continue to provide contract services, whether in support of excepted activities or not.   However, new contracts (including contract renewals or extensions, issuance of task orders, exercise of options) may not be executed, nor may increments of funding be placed on incrementally funded contracts or to cover cost overruns, unless the contractor is supporting an excepted activity. No funds will be available to pay such new contract or place additional increments of funding on contracts until Congress appropriates additional funds.

Q8.  If I have specific questions that are not answered in the above set of Q & A, what do I do?
Consult your chain of command for guidance.
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