All STRATCOM (U.S. Strategic Command at Offutt Air Force Base) employees are to return to work Monday. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement is based on a Pentagon legal interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act.
This statement was released Sunday by U.S. Strategic Command:
"In accordance with secretary of defense guidance for implementation of the Pay Our Military Act, all HQ STRATCOM civilian employees will return to work on Monday, 7 October, at their regularly scheduled report time. You should have already been notified by your supervisor, but if not, please contact them with any questions."
The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work under the measure passed by Congress and signed by President Obama shortly before the partial government shutdown began last Tuesday.
The Pentagon did not immediately say exactly how many workers will return to work. The Defense Department said "most" were being brought back.
An Offutt spokesperson told WOWT 6 News that the leadership at Offutt was very pleased to have the civilian workforce back to work.
Civilian employees will be spending the following days getting caught up from the furlough.