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'Reopen Offices in a Prompt and Orderly Manner'

6:19 AM, Oct 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
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A memo from the Office of Management and Budget director Sylvia M. Burwell on re-opening government:

MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS OF EXECUTIVE DEPARTMENTS AND AGENCIES

FROM:            Sylvia M. Burwell

                        Director

SUBJECT:      Reopening Departments and Agencies

This memorandum follows the September 30th memorandum M-13-24, and updates the status of appropriations for Fiscal Year 2014.

Today, the President signed a continuing resolution that brings employees back to work and reopens many government functions.  All employees who were on furlough due to the absence of appropriations may now return to work. 

You should reopen offices in a prompt and orderly manner.

We appreciate very much your cooperation and efforts during this difficult period.  Thank you and your teams for your service and your continued work on behalf of the American people under the challenging circumstances of the past few weeks.

In a statement, Burwell adds, “This evening, the President signed a continuing resolution that reopens the Federal government and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) issued guidance to all Departments and Agencies to resume operations in a prompt and orderly manner. In the days ahead, we will work closely with Departments and Agencies to make the transition back to full operating status as smooth as possible. This has been a particularly challenging time for Federal employees and I want to thank our Nation’s dedicated civil servants for their continued commitment to serving the American people.”

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