OPM acting Director Margaret Weichert said in a memorandum to agency leaders that a shutdown automatically qualifies as an exigency of public business. Employees must have placed their leave on the books by Nov. 24, 2018, in order to have it restored.  The restoration will apply to all federal employees at impacted agencies, both those who are working and those who were sent home.

“As long as the leave was properly scheduled in advance, agencies must restore any annual leave that was forfeited because of the lapse in appropriations—regardless of whether the affected employees were furloughed or excepted from the furlough,” Weichert wrote.