Press Release, Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation

Federal Civilian Employees Working in Maryland

If you are a federal employee and have been furloughed as a result of the federal shutdown, you may file a claim by calling an unemployment insuranceclaim centeror you may file your claim online using theFederal Civilian Employee Application for Benefits.

An unemployment insurance claim may not be filed until there has been an actual separation from employment, 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, D.C., your claim must be filed with Washington, D.C.

How to File 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 to process your claim. You will be given general information about eligibility requirements 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.

Step 1Compile the required information.

  • Social Security number and mailing address
  • Telephone number where you can be reached
  • Name, birthdate, and Social Security number of all dependents under age 16
  • If you are not a citizen, proof of 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 Standard Form 8 (SF8) or Standard Form 50 (SF50) issued by your federal employer.
  • Name and address of any employers where you work part-time (if applicable).

Step 2Call the claim center to start your claim.

Step 3After filing your claim with the claim center, you will receive in the U.S. mail the “Claimant’s Affidavit of Federal Civilian Service.” Complete this form.

  1. When completing the form:
    1. Enter your estimated quarterly wages for the period provided on the form;
      1. Submit proof of earnings (W-2 form, pay stubs) to verify your wages (failure to provide proof of wages will result in a delay in establishing your monetary eligibility); and
    2. Submit a Standard Form 8 (SF8) or Standard Form 50 (SF50), if provided by your employer.
  2. After completing the form, sign, date and return to the address listed.

Step 4Also received by U.S. mail is the “What You Should Know About Unemployment Insurance in Maryland” pamphlet. It is your responsibility to read the information provided.

Step 5Once your claim is filed, your employer will be notified. They are then responsible for submitting a quarterly breakdown of your wages and the reason for your unemployment to the Division of Unemployment Insurance.


  • To receive payment for any week that you are unemployed, you must file a continued claim by telephone (Telecert) or internet (Webcert). 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 over paid 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.

Federal Contractor Employees Working in Maryland

If you worked in Maryland as an employee of a federal contractor, and are filing for unemployment insurance as a result of the federal shutdown, you can file your claimonlineor byphone.

David M. Higgins II, Publisher/Editor

David M. Higgins was born in Baltimore and grew up in Southern Maryland. He has had a passion for journalism since high school. After spending many years in the Hospitality Industry he began working in...