Defense Department Comptroller Robert Hale said Friday that the Pentagon will have to furlough half of its nearly 800,000 civilian workers if the federal government shuts down Monday, American Forces Press Service reported Friday.
Jim Garamone writes uniformed military and contractor personnel will continue in their jobs even if Congress does not pass an appropriations bill or a continuing resolution.
“The law says that in the event of a lapse of appropriations, DOD can only conduct activities designed to protect safety of life and property and carry out a few other activities,” Hale said, according to AFPS.
“We can also maintain emergency services, police, fire, emergency medical. We label the activities that can continue as excepted activities.”
Civilian workers that support those functions would report to work, Garamone reports.