Hagel: Most civilian DOD workers can return next week
October 5th, 2013
02:25 PM ET

Hagel: Most civilian DOD workers can return next week

By Barbara Starr, CNN Pentagon Correspondent

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday that "most [Department of Defense] civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week."

The ongoing government shutdown has left more than 800,000 workers furloughed for the past five days - roughly half of those are civilians working for the Pentagon.

Hagel says Pentagon and Justice Department attorneys have 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 he's directing that employees who fall under these categories be identified.
"I expect us to be able to significantly reduce - but not eliminate - civilian furloughs under this process," Hagel said in a statement.

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  29. wattepuck

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    October 9, 2013 at 2:10 pm | Reply
  30. ShiverMeTimbers

    Our government is shut down but Israel will still get its welfare.

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  31. shiraefla

    you all can blame who you wish for the shut down. it will stay shut down until one political party or the other caves into the demands of the other. the question remains who and when? millions of people will suffer greatly,for many reasons, if this continues too long. This is not an option for our country. I'd much rather read sugestions about how to go about solving the differences. Reading this venomous stuff if getting old. And it's not working!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  32. Homer Simpson

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    • Joseph McCarthy

      Well said, Homer. Don't forget about the thousands, if not tens of thousands of people this clown has murdered with those ungodly drones and Apache helicopters half way around the world. Obama and his henchmen need to be indicted and tried for crimes against humanity at the I.C.C. but won't, tragically enough!

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  33. StanCalif

    Remember, Israel comes first! US citizens just don't matter to our Congress! We have to protect Israel, right? Why?

    October 5, 2013 at 8:00 pm | Reply
  34. big brother cookies

    all this says is more republicans and tea baggers will be elected in 2014 & 2016. Nice work military industrial complex america is not a democracy there is only one party in the US its the Military Party

    October 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  35. Random

    You know what I like?

    I like my SEALS. Gov shutdown? They are like F that we don't need a vacation. Lets go whip some as. Any chance we can send them to congress?

    Thank you for serving boys. Hope all went well.

    October 5, 2013 at 5:24 pm | Reply
    • Random

      Would be awesome if a site went up so we could buy those guys a beer. (obviously more would be donated than you guys could drink and it would need to go to helping families of those who gave all).

      October 5, 2013 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  36. George patton

    Of course they can, but what about the thousands of elderly, young children and poor people who can't get medical or educational services for lack of money coming from the government? This the right-wingers in Washington care nothing about, only the godless, well financed war machine that no one needs so that some big wigs can fatten up their bank accounts!!!

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