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Ft. Benning recalls 1k DOD civilian workers

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One-thousand Fort Benning civilian employees were recalled to work Monday, after a weekend directive from the Department of Defense.

Nearly 70 percent were put on indefinite leave due to the government shutdown, which is entering its second week.

Department of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said the move is possible because of a law passed before the shutdown allowing civilians who support the military to stay on the job. The law does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians, but under the current reading of the law, the standard of "support to members of the armed forces" focuses on those employees whose responsibilities contribute to the morale, well-being, capabilities, and readiness of soldiers and their families.

Furloughed government civilian service employees at the National Infantry Museum will resume work Tuesday, with several closed exhibits opening at 9 a.m.

The commissary and some other services were also reopened Monday at Ft. Benning.

Ft. Benning officials remain cautiously optimistic those returning to work will receive back-pay.

Nearly 350,000 DOD civilian employees were furloughed nationwide.

 

Sydney Cameron

Sydney joined the WRBL news team in December 2011 after working as a freelance reporter in Washington, D.C. More>>

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