Furlough Resources for OIG Employees

Due to a lapse in appropriations, the USAID OIG has implemented its shutdown plan.  Details can be found here at OIG Shutdown Plan (December 2018)USAID OIG employees can check back here to find information relevant to them as it becomes available.  If you have questions, please send them to oigshutdown@usaid.gov

Status Updates (Last Updated 01/15/2019):

USAID OIG Washington DC Office will operating under a 2 hour delay on Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Excepted employees may not be granted administrative leave, so any time in a non-work status must be recorded as furlough time.


Listed below are resources that furloughed employees may find useful: 

  • Unemployment forms
  • USAID Staff Care Call Center (Available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year)
    (See PDF document below for overview of services)
    Free-phone: 877-988-7243 (877-98USAID)
    Direct Dial: 919-645-4960
    Reverse Charge: 44-0-208-987-6200
    USAID Staff Care (code USAID)

Related Agencies:

Office of Personnel Management (OPM)

  • Updated guidance on Use-or-Lose - (January 9, 2019) OPM and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) had determined, in guidance issued prior to the lapse, that a lapse in appropriation qualifies as an exigency of the public business for purposes of annual leave restoration.  Therefore, as long as the leave was properly scheduled in advance, agencies must restore any annual leave that was forfeited because of the lapse in appropriations—regardless of whether the affected employees were furloughed or excepted from the furlough. Link.
  • Direct link to shutdown furlough guidance including FAQs - Link.

Thrift Savings Plan (TSP)

  • Updated guidance on TSP Loans - (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. Link.

Department of State (DOS)