Reps. Buck McKeon (R-Calif.) and Mike Turner (R-Ohio) have asked Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to end furloughs on Defense Department civilian employees, Breaking Defense reported Tuesday.
Colin Clark writes McKeon, House Armed Services Committee chairman, told Hagel in a letter that he could act to retain civilian workers on their jobs under the newly-passed Pay Our Military Act.
That law mandates payments for civilian defense workers and military members through the Treasury under funding not covered by fiscal year 2014 appropriations, according to the report.
Turner also wants to halt civilian contractor furloughs at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Ohio, Breaking Defense reports.
Clark writes Hagel told reporters in South Korea the Pentagon is looking at provisions of the Pay Our Military Act that cover exempt and non-exempt workers.