What can we expect to happen to OA appointments if the government shuts down?
And a follow-up question: What about invitations sent out to join the March 28 class? For whom orders have been cut, movers contacted, etc.
I find it strange that this question hasn't been answered.
BEX (and FSI) will follow whatever guidance the Department of State issues should there be a shutdown.
That really clarifies things.
Seriously though, candidates go to great expense to travel to DC to be present for their appointment and if a shutdown would force assessments to be rescheduled, they will need some notice to change travel plans. Hopefully someone at State is thinking about this and there is some plan as to what will occur regarding OAs if there is indeed a shutdown. It would be nice if candidates were notified about contingencies before a shutdown happens. What about candidates that are en route?
I understand your frustration. However, until OPM and the federal agencies see what Congress and the administration decide it is not possible to provide a clearer answer.
To the person who demanded an answer, my suggestion is that you contact the Republican Tea Party and ask if they think your joining the State Department is a Mission-critical function. Given the party's distrust in USG employees, and their promise to cut the State Department's budget and reduce our foreign policy efforts, I think you can guess the answer.
welcome to the foreign service =)