WASHINGTON (WKOW) – Hundreds of thousands of furloughed federal workers across the country will be returning back to work Thursday morning after 16 days off the job.
After President Obama signed the bill passed in the House and Senate yesterday to end the government shutdown and increase the debt ceiling, the Office of Personnel Management announced that workers should return to work on their next regularly scheduled work day.
The office is encouraging agencies to be flexible for a smooth transition back into work by allowing telework and excused absences in some cases. The works have been furloughed since the partial government shutdown began on October 1.
The workers presence will be felt on the roadways and rails in the Washington region, where commutes have been less crowded for the past two weeks. Metro reported a 20 percent drop in ridership when the shutdown began and said it lost a few hundred thousand dollars a day.
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