Unemployment Claims for Federal Employees

The Unemployment Compensation for Federal Employees (UCFE) program provides unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for eligible Federal civilian employees who are unemployed. The UCFE program is operated under the same terms and conditions that apply to regular state UI benefits. The state law of your last official duty station where Federal civilian service was performed determines eligibility for UI benefits.

How to Apply

Individuals may file a claim online by accessing the MyUI Claimant Portal.

Additional Requirements

Georgia law requires all applicants requesting UI benefits who are 18 years of age or older to attest they are a United States citizen, a legal permanent resident or a non-citizen legally present in the United States. Identity verification must be completed during the claim’s filing process.

After the claim is submitted and processed, the Georgia Department of Labor will request federal wages for the period used to establish a UI claim. Federal employees filing for state unemployment benefits must also do the following:

  • Download, complete and submit the Claimant's Affidavit of Federal Civilian Service, Wages, and Reason for Separation (ES-935)
  • It is important that Federal employees immediately provide the Georgia Department of Labor with proof of earnings, such as, W-2, paystubs, SF-50 or SF-8. Proof of earnings is necessary to complete the processing of your UI claim. Individuals who file by Internet must provide these documents to your local career center.
  • Complete the Notice of Federal Civilian Employee’s Right to Additional Information, Reconsideration or Correction of Federal Findings (DOL-1040) to acknowledge your rights to appeal if you disagree or request a reconsideration of your UCFE claim.
  • Read the Federal Civilian Employees and Ex-Service Members Unemployment Insurance Service (DOL-947) document.

NOTE: The Government Employee Fair Treatment Act of 2019 requires retroactive payment to all federal employees during a furlough period. This will result in an overpayment for weeks of UI benefits paid during the same period.