Nearly 1,000 Indiana National Guard Employees Return To Work

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel told most of the Department of Defense' furloughed employees to return to work Monday.

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Sgt. 1st Class Jeff Lowry works at the Indianapolis National Guard headquarters. Lowry was one of 1,000 federal technicians who were furloughed last week.

Most of the 1,000 Indiana National Guard federal technicians that were furloughed last week because of the federal government shutdown have returned to work.

As NPR reports, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel announced Saturday the Department of Defense was ordering most of its civilian employees back to work.

The Defense employee recall stems from the “Pay Our Military Act,” legislation passed by Congress and enacted by President Obama earlier this week.

The bill allows the Pentagon to pay troops and some civilians. Hagel says the law “does not permit a blanket recall of all civilians,” but it can be used to bring back workers who support service personnel.

An Indiana National Guard spokeswoman said Monday morning she was still collecting information on exactly how many federal technicians were still on furlough, but she estimated it was less than 20.

The recall does not impact the 12,000 “weekend warriors” who are not on active duty but participate in weekend drills. They are still furloughed.

Gretchen Frazee

Gretchen Frazee is a reporter/producer for WFIU and WTIU news. Prior to her current role, Frazee worked as the associate online content coordinator for WFIU/WTIU. She graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia where she studied multimedia journalism and anthropology. You can follow her on Twitter @gretchenfrazee.

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