Shutdown Showdown: DoD Civilians will Return to Work Sec. Hagel Says

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  • #180284

    David B. Grinberg
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    Good news for furloughed feds at the Pentagon. The Wall Street Journal reports:

    • “Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering most of the Defense Department’s 400,000 furloughed civilian workers to return to work, a Pentagon official said Saturday.”

    • “The Pentagon was the department hardest hit by the furloughs of government workers triggered by the government’s partial shutdown Tuesday. About half of the 800,000 federal workers who were forced to leave their jobs work for the Defense Department.”

    • “The furloughs have created broad ripple effects across the military. The Air Force has halted training for many units not scheduled to deploy overseas any time soon.”

    • “Scores of classes at military schools have been cancelled. Intelligence analysts and civilian policy advisers have been sent home. Bases across the country have shuttered commissaries.”

    Questions

    • Is this positive development that latest sign that momentum has shifted to bring more furloughed feds back to work gov-wide?
    • If you work for DoD what are your thoughts on how this “life line” will affect you personally?
    • Should the intelligence and national security communities follow Sec. Hagel’s lead?

    Please share your thoughts below…

    * All views and opinions are those of the author only.

  • #180294

    David B. Grinberg
    Participant

    The intelligence and national security communities should follow Sec. Hagel’s lead asap and bring furloughed feds back to work — including the National Intelligence Directorate, NSA, CIA, FBI, etc.

    As the Washington Post recently stated in an editorial:

    Government shutdown puts U.S. security at risk

    • “Republicans are putting U.S. embassies across the world at risk with their shutdown of the U.S. government.”

    • “More broadly, they are endangering national security at a time when the United States remains under threat from al-Qaeda and affiliated groups.”

    • “Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), chair of the intelligence committee, said on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday that 72 percent of the civilian intelligence agency workforce has been furloughed.”

      “This means that, with the exception of a few intelligence agencies that have a significant number of military personnel, the lights are being turned off and the majority of the people who produce our intelligence, analyze that intelligence and provide warning of terrorist attacks or advise policymakers of major national security events will be prevented from doing their jobs,” she said.

    In short, America cannot afford to let its guard down as global terrorism still threatens us at home and abroad. A safe America is a strong America.

    Good Bless the U.S. military and all the gov agencies which protect the homeland and U.S. interests abroad.

    These feds are absolutely essential whether deemed “essential” or not by their respective agencies. They should never have been furloughed at the expense of U.S. national security.

    Being them back to work now!

  • #180292

    Julie Chase
    Participant

    Hey David. Thanks. I’ve been working all week and so have my co workers except one, who was furloughed. Now, does that mean our parts/supply NISH contractors will be back on Monday? Did we get funding? Gotta have the funding to buy parts to get our servicemen and woman back on the road. Our contractors have to have the money before they can start getting us what we need. Otherwise we’ll sweep the garage, clean the tool boxes and check equipment inventory….like we did last week. Anything you or GovLoop can find out….as you know how “rumors” are…”don’t hear one, start one.” :o)

  • #180290

    David B. Grinberg
    Participant

    Thanks for the feedback, Julie.

    I don’t know the answer to your specific questions but suggest checking with your supervisor(s). You’re probably in the best position to find this out internally. Let’s hope for better days ahead.

    Good luck with everything!

  • #180288

    I have not followed through on the funding for DOD! I guess if Secretary Hagel ordered civilian non-essential personnel to return to work, they will be required to return to work. Has DOD been funded for FY’14?

  • #180286

    David B. Grinberg
    Participant

    Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments, Phoung. The Washington Post has an extensive front page article today about the latest developments at DoD:

    Pentagon will order almost all furloughed civilians back to work

    • “The Pentagon decision to recall most employees was based on a liberal interpretation of the Pay Our Military Act, a law passed last week that ensures that uniformed members of the military will not have their paychecks delayed by the shutdown.

    • The bill includes general language exempting Defense Department civilians from furlough if they provide direct support to the military. After consulting with Pentagon lawyers and Obama administration officials in recent days, Hagel decided he could justify recalling most of the Pentagon’s furloughed workforce based on that provision.

    • Those who will most likely receive a green light include people who provide health care to troops and their families; buy, repair or maintain weapons systems; work at commissaries; or acquire other supplies for the military.

    • Those who might not be covered include auditors, employees who work in public affairs or legislative affairs, or civilian employees of the Army Corps of Engineers, according to a Pentagon memo.Workers can expect to hear from their managers starting over the weekend about whether they can return to their jobs.

    • The Pentagon’s announcement will affect a vast global workforce, with 86 percent of the department’s civilian employees working outside the Washington metropolitan area.

    • Hagel’s decision could bring some relief to thousands of private contractors who work for the Defense Department but had faced the threat of layoffs because of the government shutdown.

    • On Friday, for example, Bethesda-based Lockheed Martin said it would furlough about 3,000 employees this week and expects that number to grow if the budget standoff doesn’t end soon.”

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