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WRP's Status During the Government Shutdown

The University of Montana recently received a notice from the Office of Disability Employment Policy that the Workforce Recruiment Program (WRP) will be suspended until federal funding is restored.  Below is the notice:  

From: Cheek, Amber J - ODEP []
Sent: Tuesday, October 01, 2013 9:18 AM
Subject: WRP's Status During the Government Shutdown

Dear Campus Coordinators:

Thank you for all of the work you are putting in to make WRP happen on your campus this year. As you may know, a budget to fund the Federal Government’s operation in fiscal year 2014, which begins today, October 1st, has not been passed. I want to ensure that you have all the information on what this government shutdown means for the WRP. Please pass this information on to your students as soon as possible.

Until federal funding is restored, all activities of the WRP will be suspended indefinitely. All federal employees, including your recruiters, will be barred from accessing email and voicemail, and will be restricted from any federal work, which includes conducting WRP interviews. During this time Patrick, Adrienne, and I will also be unable to access our office email and voicemail, and our weekly conference calls will be suspended until further notice.

The WRP website will be offline – however, please reassure your students that any information entered into applications will NOT be lost. When funding is restored, the WRP website will go back online, fully intact, as it was today. We will, of course, be flexible with students regarding application completion deadlines due to this issue.

If you are a Phase 1 school and anticipate beginning interviews in the next two weeks, please notify your students ASAP of the situation. When funding is restored, we ask that you work with your recruiter to reschedule any missed interviews. However, please be considerate of schedule changes, possible furloughs, or additional workload federal employees may face when the shutdown is over. If your recruiter must reduce their number of interviews, please let us know as soon as possible so that we can find replacements.

We’ll do everything we can to ensure that we hit the ground running after the shutdown and complete all of the interviews before the holidays, including extending phase 1 past October 18th and possibly extending the interview season past November 8th if the shutdown continues further into the interview season.

Thank you so much for your patience and understanding.


Amber Cheek, J.D.

Presidential Management Fellow

Office of Disability Employment Policy

Department Of Labor

200 Constitution Ave. N.W., Washington, DC 20210

(202) 693-7852