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DOD bringing back furloughed employees
WASHINGTON (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Department of Defense is expected to bring hundreds of thousands of civilian workers, furloughed during the government shutdown, back to work.
Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel made the announcement Saturday, saying employees will be asked to return beginning next week. He also says the law allows the DOD to eliminate furloughs for employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being and readiness of service members.
Just hours before the announcement, the House of Representatives passed a bill providing back pay to federal workers who were furloughed. There's no word yet on when the Senate might vote on that bill.