Over the weekend, Congress passed, and President Biden signed a bipartisan, short-term spending bill (called a continuing resolution or CR) to avert a shutdown and keep our government open through November 17.
Lapse in Federal Funding
DHS employees remain federal employees even during a furlough due to a lapse of appropriations. As such, you continue to be bound by the rules contained in the Standards of Ethical Conduct for Employees of the Executive Branch and the Department’s Supplemental Ethics Regulation.
The potential of a federal government shutdown looms large, especially for our Department. So very many of you work at great personal risk to keep our homeland secure and the American people, from coast to coast and border to border, safe.
Prudent management requires the proper preparation for all contingencies, including the possibility that a lapse could occur. While certain government activities must cease during a lapse, many DHS functions will continue to operate. During this time, some of you will be temporarily furloughed while others who perform excepted functions will continue to execute your assigned duties. After the lapse ends, the law requires that both furloughed and excepted employees will receive retroactive pay for the furlough period as soon as possible.