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Shutdown payment information for Fort Bliss

FORT BLISS, Texas With the government shutdown lasting for several days, many military workers wonder what the situation is with their pay.

Some military employees were furloughed for days while others were exempt throughout the shutdown.

Fort Bliss spokesperson Maj. Joe Buccino released the following information regarding military and civilian payment:

All employees will receive normal pay through Sept. 30. The amount of pay for October 1-5 will be dependent on whether an employee was exempt, excepted from furlough or furloughed. Fort Bliss civilian employees will receive pay on normal pay dates beginning Oct 11. Normal federal holiday rules apply for Columbus Day for all employees.

Exempt from Furlough:
Civilian employees who were exempted from furlough (e.g., Non-appropriated fund employees) will receive their regular pay and allowances. Exempt employees may also take annual and sick leave during the government shutdown.

Excepted from Furlough:
Excepted employees will receive their regular pay and allowances for days worked on Oct. 11 under authority and appropriation in the Pay Our Military Act. These employees may also take annual and sick leave.

Employees Recalled under POMA:
Department of Defense employees furloughed on Oct. 1 will receive half of one day pay for Oct. 1 in addition to their regular pay and allowances through Sept. 30. These employees will only receive 48 hours of pay on Oct. 11 as they were affected by the lapse in appropriation and were furloughed from Oct. 1-5.

Beginning Oct. 7, all civilians will receive their regular pay and allowances in accordance with normal pay periods.

The federal government is considering the funding of retroactive pay for furloughed civilians. If Congress restores pay to employees for days furloughed, any lost leave will also be restored.



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