Shutdown Comes to an End

October 16, 2013 10:58 PM , Updated August 12, 2016 2:58 PM
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The agreement reached to end the partial government shutdown means federal workers will be able to return to work, and it includes retroactive pay for those who were furloughed.

It is unknown at this point when federal employees can expect the back pay allocated by the bill. The legislation that was passed merely says, “as soon as practicable.”

The president signed the bill into law Thursday morning. OMB Director Sylvia M. Burwell said in a statement, “Today, the President signed a continuing resolution that brings employees back to work and reopens many government functions. All employees who were on furlough due to the absence of appropriations may now return to work. You should reopen offices in a prompt and orderly manner.”

OPM updated its official status Thursday morning confirming that federal employees are expected to report back to work.

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