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Some Furloughed DOD Civilian Workers Go Back to Work Monday

Some good news for Department of Defense civilian workers who have been furloughed since the government shut down. It looks as though many of them will be heading back to work at the beginning of next week.

 According to Chuck Hagel, the U.S. Secretary of Defense,  The DOD and the Department of Justice have been talking about this very thing since early on in the crisis. In a memo sent to news outlets today (Saturday) Hagel says days ago he tried to find ways to for DOD workers to be spared the brunt of the trouble caused by furloughs.

"Immediately after President Obama signed the Pay Our Military Act into law, I directed DoD's Acting General Counsel to determine whether we could reduce the number of civilian personnel furloughed due to the shutdown. The Department of Defense consulted closely with the Department of Justice, which expressed its view that the law does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians.  However, DoD and DOJ attorneys concluded that the law does allow the Department of Defense to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities and readiness of service members. "

Hagel says his office is trying to get more details on exactly who will be allowed to return to work next week. He says if you work in one of these DOD positions, you should expect to hear something from your supervisor this weekend.


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