On October 5, 2013, Defense Secretary Hagel ordered the recall of a significant portion of all DoD civilian employees, including federal technicians, who are subject to furlough. Secretary Hagel's directive is based on recent guidance interpreting and implementing the Pay Our Military Act while which was signed into law by President Obama shortly before the current appropriation lapsed on September 30, 2013. While this does not constitute a blanket recall, the vast majority of New Jersey National Guard furloughed employees are being recalled. Recall notifications are being issued effectively immediately. Those employees who are not subject to the recall will be notified on an individual basis that they will not be returning to work and will remain furloughed. Otherwise, all personnel will report back to work on October 7, 2013. However, some individuals will be allowed report back to work no later than the beginning of the duty day on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 if circumstances prevent the safe and orderly return to duty on October 7. Requests to return to duty on Tuesday, October 8, 2013 will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.
While most technicians will return to work tomorrow, the fiscal landscape that we currently face has not changed. The organization is still operating without a congressional appropriation of funds and without a continuing resolution. Accordingly, the return to work does not constitute "business as usual". We as an organization must be mindful of what we can and cannot do until this is resolved. Questions regarding what is / what is not allowed should be routed through the Chain of Command to the respective Chiefs of Staff for review.