While I have to be real careful here because I don't want to reveal any internal processes or names unnecessarily, we got additional instructions from our office on shutting down (I wasn't there late Thurs. evening when this email came). Redacted version:
Here are the highlights of today's (September 26) senior staff call, with some slight tweaking to account for more recent information:
(1) Front Office News: J___ will be Acting for the rest of the calendar year.
(2) Shutdown planning: The front office plans to send out an official email laying this out, but here is a head's up as to what it should say (if there is conflict between the email and the following, the email will control):
(a) On Tuesday, all employees are expected to come to work at their regular starting time to secure their office space, shut down all electronics, enter their time in Quicktime (more on this below), and receive further direction from their supervisors. Telework privileges will be withdrawn for the day to insure an orderly shutdown.
(b) On Tuesday, employees will have up to 4 hours to complete the shutdown; however, you may stay only as long as it takes to complete the shutdown. For the time you are here, you may code Quicktime with as usual. For the remainder of the day and the rest of the pay period, code your time as _____. Quicktime must be certified before you leave on Tuesday.
(c) After you go home (or wherever), you will be considered to be "on call." Only the front office (J___, E___, S___) or your supervisor will have authority to "call you back" during the shutdown. If a DOJ attorney calls you in regard to a case you are handling (see (e) below), refer them to E___ or S___.
(d) During the shutdown, government issued phones, smartphones, computers, or other electronic devices may not be used to conduct work, including just to check email or making any calls, etc. The Department is directing that these electronic devices remain off. (The IMR phone tree, which we've provided to the front office, shows private lines.)
(e) The federal courts will continue to be open for 10 additional days, and "essential" DOJ attorneys will be at work during that period. DOJ has a template prepared for motions for extensions of time. MSPB will be closed. EEOC will probably be closed, but we are still waiting for confirmation. If you are lead agency counsel in a matter that has a judicial deadline in October, you should advise your DOJ/USAO attorney before Tuesday that, if he or she requires your assistance, he or she needs to first call E___ or S___.
(f) For more info, go to doi.gov/shutdown. There you will find FAQs related to HR, travel, procurement, etc. On Friday between noon and 3pm EDT, each Bureau/Office shutdown plan will be posted on this website.
Is it OK if it only takes me five minutes (or seconds) to "secure" my office and then I can go home?
I will follow the powers that be but having been furloughed on occasional shutdown over 30 years now, these rules seem new and a little odd. - but I'm sure they're within managerial discretion, so I'm not going to fight it!
P.S. How do I code increments of 5 seconds on QuickTime?