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Second month of furlough brings changes for workforce “Federal agencies shuttered due to the shutdown sent out a second round of furlough notices in recent days, while the Office of Personnel Management updated guidance regarding leave accrual, retirement benefits and health care enrollment.By law, furlough notices only cover 30 day periods. OPM guidance states agencies should issue additional furlough or “adverse action” notices beyond that point. The notices come as some agencies are planning to recall employees to handle operations. The Department of State is calling back diplomats to work this week. The IRS will also return about 46,000 employees to work, unpaid, and prepare for filing season. Others agencies are similarly bringing employees off furlough to work…”

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