WI National Guard prepares for possible shutdownSeptember 27, 2013
By MAJ Paul Rickert
Director of Public Affairs
Madison, WI - The Wisconsin National Guard is taking steps to ensure critical operations dedicated to serving our state and federal mission continue in the event of a possible government shutdown 1 October.
A substantial part of how our citizen-soldiers and airmen are paid, trained and equipped comes through federal appropriations. A funding gap occurs when neither an appropriations act, nor a Continuing Resolution has been enacted.
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In preparation for this scenario, approximately 210 federal technicians essential to continuing operations overseas and the protection of lives and property here in the state are being identified. Those full-time employees critical to the execution of these missions will be exempt. Non-exempt employees will be furloughed until federal appropriations allow them to return to work.
If the Government shuts down, all personnel who are on military orders, and all full-time federal technician employees of the Guard will report to work for their next scheduled work day. At that time, non-exempt employees will be furloughed.
We are working to contact all of our impacted personnel in order to give them and their families an accurate assessment of the situation and how it will affect them. We currently have approximately 1050 federal technicians that will be impacted.
Citizen-soldiers currently attending certain Army schools may be sent home.
Active Guard and Reserve (AGR) service members within in the state and deployed traditional service members serving overseas are exempt.
All exempted personnel, to include the AGR, will be paid retroactively once the lapse of appropriations ends.
Emergency furloughed employees will not be paid retroactively for their furlough time unless a law is enacted providing authority to pay them.
At this time, no traditional Guard weekend drill dates have been changed. However, if the shutdown is prolonged traditional members will be informed and drill dates will be postponed.
It is expected that state employees of the Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs will continue to work per their normal schedules.
In the event of a state emergency the Guard remains fully available to the Governor for state active duty.
Public safety and security throughout our state and federal mission are the priority of the Wisconsin National Guard. Plans and personnel are, and will be in place to ensure these priorities are met.