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Post-Federal Government Shutdown Information

The 2013 Federal Government Shutdown Has Ended - Important Update and Information Regarding Unemployment Compensation  

On Thursday, October 17, 2013, the federal government shutdown ended, and all federal government workers who were furloughed during the shutdown were directed to report back to work on their next regularly scheduled work day. 

Furloughed federal workers will receive back pay for the period of the furlough as well as earnings from work beginning October 17, 2013. In an effort to avoid overpayments, repayment of unemployment benefits, wage garnishments, deduction of benefits from future claims, the interception of federal and state tax refunds, penalties, loss of future unemployment eligibility and/or legal or civil action, the Department of Employment Services strongly encourages previously furloughed workers to request to withdraw or cancel unemployment claims or to immediately discontinue certifying for benefits.

If you received unemployment insurance benefit payments from the District of Columbia as a result of the federal government shutdown, those benefits will be considered overpaid due to receipt of back pay.

For more information, please consult the Post-Federal Government Shutdown Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).