From Associate Adminstrator Candy Thompson
Some recent unemployment guidance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture
Employee's will need to provide the a 3 Digit Federal Identification Code (FIC), when they file their claim. The USDA FIC is 445.
Employees can receive information and guidance on the process from their local state offices (by local state office, that means the unemployment office for your state) and please share this info. One office is advising that, if an employee can provide their Agencies' FIC, street address, and the gross salary amount they have earned for the past three fiscal quarters, they can successfully file a claim.
Our office has also suggested that furloughed Federal employees should list their “anticipated return to work date” as November 9th. Federal employees in a furlough status are eligible for up to 6 weeks of benefits, that’s where the November 9th date comes from.
By indicating that they are still attached to their employer and expected to return to work on Nov. 9th – they will avoid having to do all of this:
• Completing an on-line resume
• Demonstrating that they’ve made at least 3 work search contacts each week
• Completing an on-line work search assignment
• Having a case manager assigned