State of Alaska, Department of Administration, Division of Personnel and Labor Relations

2017 Government Shutdown FAQ

Notice to Employees

On May 30, 2017, an email was sent out to State employees regarding the status of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget and the possibility of a full or partial government shutdown, if the Legislature does not pass a fully funded budget by July 1.

The state is contractually and morally obligated to send notice alerting state employees to a possible shutdown and layoff by June 1.

To ensure timely receipt of a recall notice, all employees must subscribe to receive email and/or text updates (please use a personal email address, not your state email, as state email may be suspended during your layoff).

Click here to subscribe.

In addition, we have set up a phone number to call to retrieve a recorded message regarding the shutdown. Please call 907-465-4411 or 844-465-4688 (toll free in-state).

In order to address questions employees may have as we move forward, the Division of Personnel and Labor Relations has created a FAQ (PDF) (updated 6/8/2017). We want this document to give you accurate, up-to-date information.

We will make every attempt to answer your questions. Please start with the FAQ and if you do not see the answer to your question, contact your department Human Resource staff or email

Thank-you for your patience as we work through this unprecedented event.