Division of Unemployment Insurance


Maryland Claim Process for Federal Employees Furloughed Due to Sequestration


If you are a federal employee subject to sequestration and have been furloughed one or two days per week, you will not be eligible for unemployment insurance benefits. Your earnings for three or four days each week will disqualify you from receiving any benefits. To receive partial benefits due to a reduction in hours, your gross wages earned from Sunday through Saturday for the week, regardless of the pay period dates, must be less than your weekly benefit amount. Currently, the maximum weekly benefit amount in Maryland is $430.

If you are a federal employee subject to sequestration and have been furloughed for three or more days in a week or are totally laid off, you may file a claim by calling an unemployment insurance claim center. The claim cannot be filed via the internet.

An unemployment insurance claim may not be filed until there has been an actual separation from employment occurs or there has been an actual reduction in hours. The location of the federal employment determines where the claim is filed. For example, if you live in Maryland, but work in Washington, DC, your claim must be filed with Washington, DC.

Information needed before you call to file your claim

  • Your Social Security number and mailing address.
  • A telephone number where you can be reached.
  • The name, birth date and Social Security number of all dependents under age 16.
  • If you are not a citizen, proof of your alien status.
  • Name, payroll address and duty station (place of employment) for the Federal Department where you worked in Maryland. This information may be found on the Standard Form 8 (SF8) or Standard Form 50 (SF50) issued by your federal employer.
  • The name and address of any employers where you work part time.

Filing your claim

  • When you call the claim center to file your claim, you will be asked several demographic and work related questions. This information is needed in order to process your claim.
  • You will be given general information about the requirements for eligibility and your responsibility to file weekly continued claims to certify your continuing eligibility for benefits.
  • You should expect longer than normal wait times due to the large volume of federal claims that may be filed.

After filing your claim

  • You must complete a "Claimant's Affidavit of Federal Civilian Service". This form will be mailed to you after your claim is taken. When completing the form you must enter your estimated quarterly wages for the period provided on the form. You must submit proof of earnings (W-2 form, pay stubs) with the form to verify the wages entered. Answer all other questions on the form, sign, date and return to the address listed. If your employer has provided a Standard Form 8 (SF8) or Standard Form 50 (SF50) please also submit that form. Failure to provide proof of wages will result in a delay in establishing your monetary eligibility.
  • Your federal agency will be notified when the claim is filed. The agency is required to submit to the Division of Unemployment Insurance, a quarterly breakdown of your wages and the reason for your unemployment.
  • You will receive a pamphlet, "What you Should Know about Unemployment Insurance in Maryland". It is your responsibility to read the information provided.
  • To receive payment for any week that you are unemployed, you must file a continued claim by telephone (Telecert) or internet (Webcert). Additional information, as well as, a video, How to Apply for Maryland Unemployment Insurance is available online. If you fail to file your continued claim timely, payment will not be made.
  • You must report your gross wages earned on your weekly continued claim if you are working reduced hours or you have other employment during the week. If you fail to report earnings, you will be found to be overpaid benefits.
  • If you receive unemployment insurance benefits and are later paid wages for the period of the shutdown, the payment will be considered back pay and will result in an overpayment of unemployment insurance benefits.