Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on October 5 announced the recall of most of the Department of Defense civilian employees who had been furloughed due to the government shutdown. The recall was made possible by the passage of the Pay Our Military Act and Department of Justice (DOJ) approval for certain employees to return to work.
The Act and DOJ decision does not permit a blanket exception for all DoD employees; therefore, a small group of employees in certain functions will remain in a furlough status. Commands will notify those employees who are not recalled to duty at this time. Employees not returning at this time include: CIO functions, unless they support service members or perform operational work; Deputy Chief Management Office functions at the OSD and Service levels; legislative affairs and public affairs functions not previously excepted or required in support of internal communications to members of the Armed Forces in active service; auditor and related functions not previously excepted – this does not include those positions in support of FIAR (audit readiness) support
Employees returning to work should resume their normal schedule.
“We are grateful for the decision about our civilian workforce. I know this has been difficult on you and your families …we will bring back as many of our civilians as we can under the new guidance. And we will continue to press to bring back all our civilian family as soon as possible,” said Secretary of the Navy Ray Mabus.
If federal employees receive back pay for their furlough time due to the government shutdown, that payment will not be made until the shutdown ends and an appropriation for FY14 is approved.
For some employees, the first four days of furlough combined with the previous six days of administrative furlough may have put them to the threshold of 80 hours in a non-pay status. If that occurs, the employee will not earn annual and sick leave in the pay period in which the 80-hour accumulation is reached — this may be reflected in the October 11 leave and earnings statement (LES). In the event that back pay is restored, leave also will be restored and changes will be made at a later time.