Chief information officers within the Defense Department could not be protected from furlough exemptions outlined under the Pay Our Military Act, the American Forces Press Service reports.
Pentagon Comptroller Robert Hale told reporters Sunday that Internet protocol and cyber functions were protected from the temporary layoffs, as well as internal public affairs communications.
POMA was signed into law Sept. 30, Army Sgt. 1st Class Tyrone C. Marshall Jr. writes.
"Because of the letter of the law, and the advice from the Department of Justice, we had to identify those with less direct impact on military members," Hale said, according to AFPS.
“They’ll be working now, and under POMA, we can pay them in a timely manner – their Oct. 11 pay will be on time and in full,” he added.