The department sent out orders for all staff to return as of Sunday, the start of the next pay period. Unlike many federal employees such as airport security screeners and Coast Guard members who are working without pay, the State Department said it would pay all of its 75,000 employees using available funds it has located. "We are also deeply concerned about growing financial hardship and uncertainty affecting department employees whose salaries and well-being are affected by the unprecedented length of the lapse," he added on condition of anonymity. As of Thursday, 23% of the State Department's directly employed workers overseas and 40% of them in the United States have been furloughed. The State Department had held off on furloughs of local staff overseas, mindful that many countries have laws that prohibit work without pay -- as well as the potential impact to the US image.
Source: Dhaka Tribune January 18, 2019 16:18 UTC