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DHS Shutdown News and Information


Congress Passes Full-Year DHS Funding Bill

After House approval of a Senate-passed full-year funding bill for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), NTEU congratulated Congress for ending the funding standoff that threatened to shut down the department at the end of this week. More

Updated March 3 at 4:30 p.m.

NTEU Reacts To Stop-Gap DHS Funding Bill

After Congress passed a stop-gap funding bill for DHS, NTEU renewed its call for lawmakers to pass a full-year DHS appropriations bill as quickly as possible to end the shutdown threat once and for all. More

Updated March 2 at 12:05 p.m.

One-Week Continuing Resolution Passed

The Senate and House approved a one-week continuing resolution (CR) and sent the legislation to the president for his signature. The President is expected to sign the bill, ending the threat for now of a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding lapse at midnight.

Under the one-week CR, DHS will be funded at FY 2014 levels until March 6, averting a shutdown for now.
The Senate on Friday approved a full year DHS funding bill, but the House did not take the Senate bill up.

NTEU continues to work to get Congress to pass a full year funding bill to avoid a DHS shutdown.

Updated Feb. 27 at 10:10 p.m.

Congressional Update

With only hours remaining before funding for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) lapses, the Senate approved a “clean” full-year DHS funding bill by a vote of 68 to 31.

Rather than take up and approve this DHS funding bill sent over from the Senate, the House instead chose to vote on a 3-week extension of the Continuing Resolution (CR) that currently funds the Department. The House vote on extending the CR by three weeks failed by a vote of 203 to 224.

It is possible that there will be further action this evening. Updates will be posted here on the status of legislation in both the House and Senate to avoid a midnight shutdown.

Updated Feb. 27 at 7:25 p.m.

NTEU Fights DHS Shutdown With Facts
NTEU took a fact-based approach in an effort to persuade Congress to keep the DHS fully operational beyond midnight Friday.

NTEU sent each House and Senate lawmaker fact sheets showing the impact of shutting down DHS on the agency’s workforce. The fact sheet details the impact on both DHS employees required to work without pay and furloughed DHS employees in the areas of pay, leave and outside employment. More

Posted Feb. 27 at 3 p.m.

You Have Questions; NTEU Got Answers

The closer we inch toward a possible DHS shutdown, the more questions members have, and the more answers NTEU gets. The union aggressively pressed CBP to provide information, and yesterday, the agency did.

Here is some critical information for you. More

Posted Feb. 26 at 6 p.m.

Cardin Proposal To Help Homeland Security Workers Hurt by Shutdown

NTEU strongly supports Sen. Ben Cardin’s proposal to minimize the negative impact on thousands of DHS employees who will be forced to perform unpaid work or be furloughed without pay in the event of a shutdown.

The Federal Employees Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, would address shutdown-related pay and leave issues for DHS employees. It includes NTEU-backed language requiring that excepted and furloughed employees to be paid as soon as possible after Congress approves an appropriations bill, regardless of regular pay dates.  More

Support this bill now

Posted Feb. 25 at 2:30 p.m.

Beyer Bill Would Mitigate Impact of Shutdown
NTEU is backing a bill, the DHS Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act, introduced by Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and co-sponsored by Rep. Rob Wittman (R-Va.) that would mitigate the impact of a DHS shutdown on employees.

The bill would authorize employees furloughed due to a DHS shutdown to be paid for the period of the shutdown once appropriations are approved.  More

Posted Feb. 25 at 2 p.m.

Congressional Letters

Feb. 25 letter to the Senate supporting the Federal Employees Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (S. 554)

Feb. 25 letter to the House supporting the Employee Retroactive Pay Fairness Act (H.R. 1024)

Feb. 23 letter to CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske

Feb. 13 letter to Congress


8 Ways a Shutdown Would Damage Homeland Security, GovExec, Feb. 24
The Homeland Security Department will shut down Friday at midnight without congressional intervention, though many lawmakers think it is not that big of a deal. More

Funding Impasse Is Already Disrupting DHS Operations, GovExec, March 2, 2015

Congress passes one-week extension of funding for Homeland Security, Buffalo (N.Y.) News, Feb. 27, 2015

Furloughed, but not forgotten: Congress pushes DHS shutdown pay, Federal News Radio, Feb. 25

Local impacts if funding for Department of Homeland
Security isn’t approved
, WIVB-TV (Buffalo, N.Y.), Feb. 25

Senate plans vote on funding bill to avert DHS shutdown, Federal Times, Feb. 25

Bipartisan bill would provide back pay in event of Homeland Security shutdown, Washington Post, Feb. 25

Cardin introduces retroactive pay bill for DHS employees, Baltimore Sun, Feb. 24

Congressional delegation urges Homeland Security funds, Associated Press, Feb. 24

NTEU supports DHS pay bills, Federal News Radio, Feb. 25

The DHS needs a morale boost, NPR, Feb. 23

DHS hurtles toward shutdown as funding bill stalls, Federal Times, Feb. 23

DHS staff would remain on job with no pay if Congress does not fund agency, Washington Post, Feb. 22

Union head urges end to DHS funding standoff, FederalSoup, Feb. 17

NTEU Employee Messages

You Have Questions; NTEU Got Answers, Feb. 26, 2015

DHS Funding Deadline Looms, Feb. 24, 2015

Congress Urged to Act Fast and Pass Funding Bill, Feb. 24, 2015

Member-Only Information

OPM Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs (September 2013)

Changes to OPM Guidance for Shutdown Furloughs (October 2013)

CBP Shutdown Furlough FAQs (September 2013)

Stay Informed

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Text Messages: Text CBPALERTS to 24587.

NTEU Press Releases

NTEU Fights DHS Shutdown With Facts, Feb. 25, 2015  

NTEU Leader Highlights CBP Contributions In Push To Avoid Shutdown, Feb. 25, 2015  

NTEU Supports Cardin Proposal To Help Homeland Security Workers Hurt by Shutdown, Feb. 25, 2015  
NTEU Supports Bill To Mitigate Impact of Shutdown on Homeland Security Workers, Feb. 25, 2015

NTEU Leader Urges Congress To End DHS ‘Funding Impasse,’ Avoid Shutdown, Feb. 13, 2015

CBP Mission Suffers with Short-term Funding, Dec.10, 2014

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