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Federal Government Shutdown
Federal Employees Furlough Information

This is official notice of the partial federal government shutdown as of October 1, 2013.

The Unemployment Insurance (UI) for Federal Employees program provides benefits for eligible unemployed former civilian Federal employees. The program is administered by States as agents of the Federal government. This program is operated under the same terms and conditions that apply to regular State UI. In general, the law of the State in which your last official duty station in Federal civilian service was located will be the State law that determines eligibility for UI benefits. Federal agencies fund UI for federal employees.

Eligibility can only be determined once an unemployment claim is filed and established as valid. A determination of eligibility will be made based on the reason and details of the separation from the most recent employer.

Qualifications for Eligibility
  • Sufficient wages in the base period to establish a valid claim
  • No fault for separation from most recent liable employer
  • Earned ten times the weekly benefit amount of the claim with the most recent employer
Monetary Eligibility

An unemployment claim can be established with a minimum weekly benefit amount of $44 and a maximum weekly benefit amount of $330.

File for Regular Unemployment Insurance (UI) online or in person at the nearest GDOL Career Center.

Georgia law requires all applicants for any type of unemployment benefits who are 18 years of age or older sign an affidavit attesting to be a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident or a non-citizen legally present in the United States. Valid government- issued picture identification is required to complete the affidavit. An email notification will be sent to individuals who file their claim online advising of a date and time to report to the career center to complete the affidavit.

In addition, federal wages used to establish an unemployment claim must be verified. Federal agency staff will be limited and may not be available to verify wages. It is important that former civilian Federal employees immediately provide the Georgia Department of Labor (GDOL) with proof of earnings, such as, W-2, paystubs, SF-50 or SF-8, if available. Unemployment claims cannot be processed unless proof of earnings is provided. Individuals who file by Internet can provide these documents when reporting to a career center to complete the affidavit.

Information for Federal Civilian Employees and Ex-Servicemembers on Unemployment Insurance Benefit Rights And Responsibilities PDF

Unemployment benefits paid during a period in which back pay wages are given will be considered an overpayment and must be recovered by the GDOL.

For more information about the federal government shutdown and furlough information, access Pay & Leave Furlough Guidance from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM).

Software Requirements for Filing a Claim

The minimum browser requirement to access GDOL online applications is Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 or higher. JavaScript must be enabled and pop-up blockers should be set to allow pop-ups to use this application.

This process contains PDFs that may need to be printed and Adobe Acrobat Reader will be required. A free software download is available from the Adobe web site. Please ensure this software is available prior to beginning the claim filing process.

Updated October 2, 2013
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