Shutdown would halt military pay

Monday - 3/14/2011, 8:40am EDT

The Defense Department has developed a 13-page contingency plan for how it would operate should a government shutdown occur. Federal Times reports the memo was drafted shortly before Congress approved a two-week continuing resolution to fund the government through this Friday. The memo states all military personnel would have to work without pay. But many civilian employees would be furloughed.

Exceptions would include acquisition staff supporting wartime activities. Budget work for exempt activities would continue. Contracted work for which money was fully obligated would also be exempt from a shutdown.

The AirForceTimes notes troops would miss a payday only if the shutdown continues through April 1.

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