The USDA Forest Service shutdown plan includes three categories of work that are excepted or exempt during a lapse in funding.
- Category I – Law Enforcement and Health and Safety (excepted)
- Category II – Activities not included in Category I and III; financed from available funds, where applicable (exempt)
- Category III – Protect Life and Property (excepted)
- Complete details on the Forest Service shutdown plan are available here: https://www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/usda-fs-shutdown-plan.pdf
Employees are designated under one of four categories during the partial shutdown: exempt, excepted, excepted on-call or furloughed.
- An individual employee’s status may change throughout the partial shutdown. Supervisors will keep employees informed of changes in status and provide guidance as needed.
- An exempt employee is not affected by a lapse in appropriations. This includes employees who are not funded by annually appropriated funds. Employees performing those functions will generally continue to be governed by the normal pay, leave, and other civil service rules.
- Excepted and excepted on-call employees will work some or all their normal tour of duty during a furlough. They are guaranteed to be paid when Congress passes an appropriations bill.
- Employees who are neither excepted nor exempt will be furloughed. Non-excepted, furloughed employees will be paid for the time spent in furlough status only if legislation is passed allowing for them to be paid.
There are a number of critical activities and training continuing under the three categories identified in the shutdown plan.
Any employees asked to participate in these activities will do so as excepted, excepted on-call or exempt.
Excepted and excepted on-call employees are guaranteed to be paid for the time worked when Congress passes an appropriations bill. Exempt employees continue to receive pay during the partial shutdown.