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October 7, 2013 9:12 am

Defense Department Calls Back Furloughed Workers

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Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. Photo: Monica A. King.

Politico – The Pentagon is calling many of its furloughed civilian employees back to work after concluding Congress gave Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel enough authority to pay them during the government shutdown.

Congress passed an 11th-hour bill just before the government closure that permitted Hagel to pay active-duty troops, some civilians and contractors, but it took nearly a week for Defense and Justice Department lawyers to determine how many of the 400,000 furloughed workers Hagel could protect.

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