Service Members Would Earn Pay During Shutdown

WASHINGTON, April 6, 2011 — Mil­i­tary mem­bers would con­tin­ue to earn wages in the event of an April 8 shut­down of the fed­er­al gov­ern­ment, but they’d have to wait to col­lect them until Con­gress agrees on a bud­get, a senior admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial said here today.
Dur­ing a tele­phone brief­ing admin­is­tered by the Office of Man­age­ment and Bud­get, a senior admin­is­tra­tion offi­cial detailed the con­se­quences of a pos­si­ble fed­er­al gov­ern­ment shut­down that will occur April 8 if Con­gress does­n’t agree on a bud­get.

Ser­vice mem­bers, the offi­cial said, “will con­tin­ue to earn mon­ey” in the event of a shut­down.

But because there would­n’t be any mon­ey to pay out to ser­vice mem­bers dur­ing a shut­down, the offi­cial said, they would have to wait to be reim­bursed.

“They will be paid once we have mon­ey again to pay them,” the offi­cial said.

Some mem­bers of the Defense Department’s fed­er­al civil­ian work force would be exempt­ed from a shut­down because of their work in crit­i­cal areas, or because they are fund­ed through sources out­side the fed­er­al bud­get, the offi­cial said.

How­ev­er, “a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of DOD civil­ian employ­ees, unfor­tu­nate­ly, would be fur­loughed if the gov­ern­ment shuts down,” the offi­cial said.

Activ­i­ties nec­es­sary to pro­tect­ing life and prop­er­ty, or those whose fund­ing comes from some­place oth­er than the fed­er­al bud­get, will con­tin­ue if the gov­ern­ment shuts down April 8, the offi­cial added.

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)

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