The U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Tuesday that it will reopen all Farm Service Agency offices nationwide, temporarily calling nearly 10,000 furloughed federal employees back to work even as the longest-ever government shutdown dragged on.
The employees, whose local and state offices had been largely shuttered when a quarter of the federal government shut down in December, will be working without receiving regular paychecks.
The USDA said in a statement that President Donald Trump “has already signed legislation that guarantees employees will receive all backpay missed during the lapse in funding.”
A department spokesperson confirmed to CNBC that the 9,700 recalled employees will not be paid until the government is reopened. “Like all federal employees affected by the lapse in funding, they will receive back pay under the legislation President Trump signed,” the spokesperson said.
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