The Department of Defense is ordering most of its furloughed civilian employees back to work, in a move announced just after midday Saturday. The plan will put hundreds of thousands of workers back on the job next week.
"Today, I am announcing that most DoD civilians placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week," Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel . Hagel said he believes the Pentagon can "significantly reduce — but not eliminate — civilian furloughs under this process," reports.
The recall would affect "most of the some 400,000 civilian Defense Department employees sent home during the government shutdown," , citing a U.S. Defense official.
"We have tried to exempt as many DoD civilian personnel as possible from furloughs," Hagel said. "We will continue to try to bring all civilian employees back to work as soon as possible."