OPM ‘inadvertently’ posted advice for furloughed government workers to barter with creditors


The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) said Saturday that a tweet was posted “inadvertently” suggesting federal employees furloughed because of the ongoing government shutdown should negotiate with landlords and creditors.

OPM told The Washington Post in a statement that the advice was a “legacy document” dating back to a 2013 shutdown when the agency had attempted to “provide a set of templates and information” for government employees.

{mosads}“OPM – itself acting with limited resources during the furlough period – inadvertently posted a legacy document from the 2013 shutdown. Although most federal employees have yet to miss a paycheck, OPM recognizes that many employees are concerned about the financial implications of a continued lapse,” the statement reads.

“As such, OPM sought to provide a set of templates and information that could be used proactively by employees to address potential financial challenges, in the event that Congress does not resolve the lapse in appropriations before the end of the next pay cycle,” it continues.

Last week, OPM tweeted a link to “sample letters” for employees to use “as a guide when working with your creditors.”

“Feds, here are sample letters you may use as a guide when working with your creditors during this furlough. If you need legal advice please consult with your personal attorney,” the office tweeted.

The federal government has been in a partial shutdown since Dec. 22 because of disagreements between lawmakers over President Trump’s demand for funding for a wall along the southern border.

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