MADISON, Wis. (WSAU) - The government shutdown is still on, but much of the military is going back to work today. That includes civilian technicians in the Wisconsin National Guard.
The reason is a recently passed law that took effect shortly before the shutdown. It’s the Pay Our Military Act. That law has been studied by the Department of Defense and Department of Justice attorneys, who ruled there are only nine broad categories that are exempt, but most everyone else can get back to work. Those nine categories of staff will have to wait until Congress appropriates the funds to get back to work.
Maj. Gen. Donald Dunbar is Wisconsin’s Adjutant General. He says it’s important to get the full National Guard to get back to the critical training necessary to maintain our readiness and commitment to our state and nation. Supervisors are in the process of contacting their civilian employees to let them know if they fall into one of the 9 categories.