Military pay law could allow furloughed civilians to go back to work

10/3/2013 | Stars and Stripes

The law that ensures military pay during the government shutdown may help put the Pentagon's furloughed civilian workers back on the job. Defense Department lawyers have sent a legal brief to the White House seeking maximum flexibility in interpreting the law, which authorizes pay for active military as well as civilian workers deemed by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel as "providing support to members of the Armed Forces." In the meantime, some legislators are saying that the Defense Department already has the authority to end the furloughs. "I believe the legislation provides you broad latitude and I encourage you to use it," wrote Rep. Buck McKeon, R-Calif., in a letter to Hagel.

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