Information on Gov't Shutdown (Updated 10/03 5:30 p.m. EDT)

Story Number: NNS131001-03Release Date: 10/1/2013 9:43:00 AM
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WASHINGTON (NNS) -- This story will be updated throughout the shutdown of the federal government.
[Updated 5:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 3]

Reservists: Until notice, non-excepted Reserve Sailors are not authorized to volunteer or participant in any command function, training event, or administrative function, to include meeting with your unit or performing the PRT with an active component.

The Navy vs. Air Force football game will be played this Saturday. The teams will be allowed to play because the game is paid with non-appropriated funding. The decision affects only this weekend's game.

Commissaries are closed in U.S. only; overseas locations remain open.

Fleet & Family Support Services and some benefit programs continue during the government shutdown, including:
- Family Service Centers
- Child Care Centers
- Fitness Centers
- Galleys
- Navy Exchanges
- Navy Gateway Inns & Suites
- Navy Lodges
- Gas Stations

Today's statement from the Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.

[Updated 4:00 p.m. EDT, Oct. 2]

There should be no community outreach events to include key leader engagements and band concerts during the government shutdown -- this does NOT include military events such as change of commands, the Navy Ball and funerals.

[Updated 5:00 p.m. EDT, Oct. 1]

Due to the lapse in appropriation, the U.S. Navy implemented an orderly shutdown of non-excepted activities.

During the government shutdown, military members will be paid on time. Excepted civilians (civilians not furloughed) will receive pay - still working through the details on exactly when - will provide updated info when we get it.

The Pay Our Military Law authorizes payment of all military pay and allowances-provided funds are available from the Treasury.

For Reservists: Annual Training (AT), Active Duty for Training (ADT) or Active Duty for Special Work (ADSW) orders starting on or after October 1, must contact their gaining command or operational support officer (OSO) to determine if the orders are for an excepted activity. If the gaining command or OSO determines that the orders are not in support of an excepted activity, DO NOT travel. Cancel all of travel arrangements in DTS and pull back orders in NROWS.

Reserve drill weekends will be deferred until an appropriations bill or legislation is passed to fund the government.

For additional guidance and information:

DoD has set up a page with up to the minute information. Please visit:

The Office of Civilian Human Resources provides guidance, fact sheets, FAQs and information to the civilian at

Additional information on furloughs may be found at the Office of Personnel Management at

Rear Adm. Bill Moran, Chief of Naval Personnel, answers questions about the government shutdown at Navy Live:

[Updated 9:45 a.m. EDT, Oct. 1]

The Office of the Secretary of Defense is posting information about the government shutdown including news, video and relevant links here:

[Updated 9:00 a.m. EDT, Oct. 1]

The Secretary of Defense issued a message to the workforce yesterday. Here is the text of the secretary's message:

"As you know, the government's annual funding could expire at midnight tonight. I have joined President Obama in urging Congress to prevent a lapse in appropriations, and like all of you I would be deeply disappointed if Congress fails to fulfill its most basic responsibilities. We are now in a moment of regrettable and avoidable uncertainty. It would be irresponsible on our part not to prepare for the possibility of a shutdown - especially given that we don't know what Congress will do over the next 24 hours.

"To this end, DoD has been moving forward with necessary and prudent preparations. DoD leaders, in coordination with the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Personnel Management, have been reviewing and updating contingency plans. Whatever happens, we will be prepared.

"If a shutdown occurs, it will affect different parts of our department in different ways. While military personnel around the world would continue to serve in a normal duty status, a large number of civilian employees and contractors would likely be temporarily furloughed. Your supervisor will provide more information, but I want you to know that furlough decisions are dictated solely by the law, which only permits us to direct civilians to work if they are required to continue supporting military operations or if they are required to protect DoD personnel and property. The furloughs are in no way a reflection of the importance of your work, the hard effort you put forth every day, or your dedicated service to our department and our nation.

"This has been a trying period for DoD personnel across the globe - military, civilian, and contractors alike. Right now, I am in South Korea meeting with our Republic of Korea allies and commemorating the 60th anniversary of our mutual defense treaty. I have spent time with U.S. troops and DoD civilians stationed here who would be impacted by a government shutdown. This is an unnecessary and unwelcome distraction from our mission of defending the nation.

"DoD personnel and families have been through a lot recently. Sequestration has meant that most of our civilian employees have already had to endure furloughs this year, causing significant stress and hardship, while service members and military families have had to deal with the needless strain of reduced readiness as well as temporary reductions in services essential to their wellbeing. I know the uncertainty of a possible shutdown only adds to the anxiety that I'm sure many of you and your families are feeling. But I also know that the Department of Defense is a strong and resilient institution. We are going into this challenge together and we will come out of it together.

"I want to thank all of you - military and civilian - for your patience and your professionalism, as well as your continued service and dedication to both our department and our country.

"Thank you, and God Bless you and your families."

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