Employee Frequently Asked Questions - Pay

​No, night differential is invalid for OFP Code 59819. The only exception to this regulation is OFP Code 59825, Religious Comp Taken, or if the employee is a Wage Grade.

​At this point, back pay for employees is expected to be processed through the normal bi-weekly procedure, which means it should be taxed the same as your normal paycheck deductions. Once the Shutdown is complete and we are provided further guidance by the National Finance Center, we will be able to provide additional regarding the disbursement of missed salary payments.

Business units must work in conjunction with their servicing Business Based Human Resources (BBHR) Professional, if applicable, and HCO: Payroll and Personnel Systems (PPS) Division to compile information and draft a memorandum (waiver package) that includes the following: Detailed description of the emergency or mission-critical work; Timeframe (e.g., December 22, 2018 – March 1, 2019); Cost analysis and number of employees for whom a waiver is requested contained in one report submitted on Excel spreadsheet which includes employee name and SEID of employees required to work, pay plan, series, grade, step, salary, estimated hours worked, FLSA status, city and state, detailed by TIMIS org code separated by pay period

This memorandum (waiver package) is first approved by the business unit and routed through HCO: Worklife Benefits and Performance (WBP), Awards, Compensation and Leave (ACLP) Branch for routing through the HCO for final approval by the Commissioner. Contact your BBHR professional for all steps involved in the process.

There have been a number of questions raised by contractors on when they can expect to be paid for services they have provided the IRS. During a lapse in appropriations the IRS is not able to make any payments to contractors. When the lapse in appropriation is resolved the IRS will work the invoices as quickly as possible to minimize the impact on our contractors.

​Per the National Finance Center Notification dated January 11, 2019, the mailing process will continue through Thursday, January 31, 2019, and the majority will be available on the Employee Personal Page as early as Friday, January 25, 2019, and no later than Monday, January 28, 2019.

Government Shutdown and Loan Payments — (January 8, 2019) The TSP allows for the suspension of loan payments when you go into nonpay status to prevent your loan from going into default. Normally, we require documentation from your agency or service. However, the TSP does not need documentation of your furlough at this time. If your loan payments were up to date prior to the furlough, missing one or two payments will not cause your loan to be in default. You can check the status of your loan by logging into My Account, selecting “TSP Loans,” and then selecting “Are my payments up to date?” Or you can call the ThriftLine at 1-877-968-3778 and speak to a Participant Service Representative.

As long as retroactive pay is approved, all missed loan payments will be submitted and posted to your loan. We will provide more information as the furlough continues or as events change.

Please refer to the TSP loans website for more information https://www.tsp.gov/whatsnew/Content/index.html

​​It depends. If the testimony was work related, and the employee was identified as excepted for this work, the time should be posted using normal OFP codes. If the testimony was not work related and the employee is not an excepted employee, the time should be reported under 990-59566 admin leave for any time in their tour of duty, and the remainder of the day should be reported to the appropriate code that would have been used had there not been a shutdown. Please check with your manager.

All paid time off during a shutdown furlough period must be cancelled because the requirements to furlough supersedes leave and other paid time off rights. If you reported to conduct orderly shutdown activities, post Organization, Function and Program (OFP) code 800 84010 (Orderly Shutdown) for the length of time needed to conduct those activities. The IRS resumed activities at 9am (EST). Post OFP code 990 59566 (Administrative leave) in anticipation of Congress authorizing pay for employees, for the period of time from the completion of orderly shutdown activity until IRS resumed activities at 9 a.m. (EST). If you are returning to work you may post up to four hours administrative leave prior to resuming work. If you are not resuming work but are approved paid leave, post the corresponding OFP code for that leave beginning at 9 a.m. EST. 

All paid time off during a shutdown furlough period must be cancelled because the requirements to furlough supersedes leave and other paid time off rights. If you did not report to conduct orderly shutdown activities, post OFP code 990 59566 (Administrative leave) in anticipation of Congress authorizing pay for employees, for the period of time from the beginning of your tour of duty until IRS resumed activities. Post the corresponding OFP code for paid leave through the end of your tour of duty. 

Non-Senior Executive Service excepted employees on AWS who were required to perform duties essential to the Service during a shutdown on their scheduled RDO, may earn overtime or compensatory time off in lieu of overtime during a shutdown, in accordance with existing approval procedures and overtime thresholds found in IRM 6.550.1.1. Employees may not change their tour of duty (TOD) or RDO because the pay period already began. All changes to an employees’ TODs must be made prior to the beginning of the pay period. 

​If you were overpaid and a retroactive correction is processed to correct the overpayment, you will receive a debt letter outlining the steps you need to take to repay the money. The debt letter will contain all the rights and options that are available to you. You are encouraged to put the overpayment aside and use it to pay the bill once you receive your debt letter.

Agencies will incur obligations to pay for services performed by excepted employees during a lapse in appropriations, and those employees will be paid for their hours worked after Congress passes and the President signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution. 

(Note: Presidential appointees who are not covered by the leave system in 5 U.S.C. chapter 63 are not subject to furlough, but are also barred from receiving pay during a lapse in appropriations. These Presidential appointees will be paid after Congress passes and the President signs a new appropriation or continuing resolution.) 

​Congress will determine whether furloughed employees will receive pay for the furlough period.