Today, Acting Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security Rand Beers announced that most Coast Guard civilian personnel placed on emergency furlough during the government shutdown will be asked to return to work beginning next week.
“We have tried to exempt as many Coast Guard civilian personnel as possible from furloughs consistent with the law We will continue to try to bring all Department of Homeland Security civilian employees back to work as soon as possible,” said Beers in his statement. “The Department of Homeland Security is at its best when all our civilian personnel are on watch. Our men and women have devoted their lives to service of this country. Their work on our behalf, and on behalf of the Nation is enormously valuable and critical to the maintenance of Homeland Security over the long term.”
The memorandum that provides guidance to the Coast Guard concerning implementation of the Pay Our Military Act has also been posted.