The State Department on Thursday ordered employees and U.S. diplomats abroad to return to work, saying it would make additional funds available to pay most employee salaries for two weeks.
The State Department has been among a number of federal agencies affected by the shutdown that started Dec. 22. Roughly 23 percent of the State Department’s direct hire employees overseas and 40 percent of those operating domestically have been furloughed, meaning they are not being paid and aren’t ordered to come to work.
The State Department “expects to be able to resume most personnel operations and fund most salaries,” Todd said, while offering no specific details on where the money would come from.
“As a national security agency, it is imperative that the Department of State carries out its mission. We are best positioned to do so with fully staffed embassies, consulates, and domestic offices,” Deputy Under Secretary for Management Bill Todd said in a statement.
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