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Ohio National Guard technicians back from furlough

Associated Press

COLUMBUS: A spokesman for the Ohio National Guard says officials have recalled most of the 1,800 technicians who were put on furlough because of the partial shutdown of the federal government.

Spokesman James Sims tells The Columbus Dispatch the employees returned because of a decision by the Pentagon. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered nearly 350,000 people back to work, basing his decision on a Pentagon interpretation of a law called the Pay Our Military Act.

Sims says a few workers who do auditing and internal reviews for the Ohio National Guard remain on furlough.

A union official says about half of the 40 furloughed Department of Defense employees at the Defense Supply Center Columbus also were called back.


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