I just called HR to verify what you are saying is true. I didn't get the answer I wanted so I will try back later.Everyone STOP calling HR. They know very little about whom gets selected for TOLs and when. You're only wasting your time and theirs. Another office called the ATO does all the selection of individuals whom receive TOLs. Once the ATO selects a group of individuals this information is then forwarded to HR to administer the TOLs and do all the associated paperwork. Receiving a TOL doesn't mean you are hired yet either. I know people that had a TOL for 3 years during the last government shutdown and sequestration. Just be patient and WAIT. Its a very long drug out process for most people. Again STOP calling HR and lets all hope that our government doesn't go into sequestration or shut down again.