of the 1,060 Ohio Air National Guard federal technicians and 759 Ohio Army
National Guard technicians furloughed Oct. 1 as a result of the federal
government shutdown were recalled Monday and Tuesday to resume their jobs.
Defense Department guidance does not allow for a blanket recall of all
technicians under the Pay Our Military Act (POMA),
signed into law on Sept. 30, but allows the recall of civilians who provide
direct morale, well-being and readiness support to members of the armed forces.
Using that guidance, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel determined that employees who
met certain criteria could return to work.
recalled employees include those who perform health care, behavioral health and
suicide prevention activities; Family readiness; maintenance and repair; human
resources, payroll and some administration; acquisition
program oversight; contract logistics; financial management; intelligence
functions; and supply chain management.
but six furloughed Ohio National Guard technicians were determined to meet the
current recall criteria. Job categories of the small number who were not
recalled include auditing and internal review functions.
Department officials said an act approving
retroactive pay for furloughed employees could be approved soon, pending a
Senate vote. However, those who remain on furlough will not be paid until there
is a Fiscal Year 2014 budget appropriation.
"Many important activities remain
curtailed while the shutdown goes on," Hagel said in a statement released Oct.
5. "Civilians under furlough face the uncertainty of not knowing when they will
next receive a paycheck. I strongly support efforts in Congress to enact
legislation to retroactively compensate all furloughed employees. And I will
continue to urge Congress to fulfill its basic responsibilities to pass a
budget and restore full funding for the Department of Defense and the rest of
to National Guard Bureau officials, there is no change to previously published
guidance on military duty statuses, but that guidance from the Defense
Department is anticipated within the next week for the conduct of Non-Excepted annual
training, Non-Excepted U.S. Code Title 32 FTNGD (Full-Time National Guard Duty)
and inactive duty training (IDT), also known as monthly drills or unit training
assemblies. Most Ohio National Guard units that were scheduled to conduct IDT
last weekend were required to postpone the training until November or later.