As discussed in the NASA Administrator’s message (see Dec. 20 “Latest News” post), Federal Government funding expires at midnight, Friday, December 21, 2018.  The Administrator is optimistic that there will not be a lapse in funding; however, in preparation, we are engaging in prudent planning in the event a lapse in funding occurs.

Monday, December 24, 2018, will be treated as a holiday for pay and leave purposes, and Tuesday, December 25, 2018, is also a Federal holiday.  Therefore, if there is a lapse in funding, we would conduct shutdown activities on Wednesday, December 26, 2018.  All civil servants will receive further instructions prior to that time.  Although we are sending instructions in advance, you are expected to follow the instructions contained in the furlough communications on the first workday on which you are scheduled to work; do not conduct shutdown activities on a weekend, a holiday, a day you are scheduled to be on leave, or an Alternative Work Schedule day off.

Communication about what will be your status during the furlough will be provided by your supervisor and electronically via HRMES and the KSC-Human-Resources mailbox.  Most employees will be able to conduct shutdown activities virtually, and your supervisor will be able to provide you specific instructions.

In addition, monitor the local media and the NASA Emergency Management Web site,, for the latest information.  You may also call the KSC Hotline at 321-861-7900, or call toll-free at 1-866-KSC-HURR (572-4877).

If you are furloughed, access to Government devices is not allowed during a Government shutdown, so carefully review all the information you receive in advance of the furlough.  You should also consider forwarding this information to your personal e-mail account so that you have it available in the event of a furlough.

Contractor employees with questions about their work status should be referred to their contract management.

As always, the work we do at NASA is very important, and I join the Administrator in thanking you all for your hard work, dedication, and patience.  Keep charging, and we will continue to accomplish great things.

Bob Cabana