PORTSMOUTH, Va. (WAVY) - While thousands of federal employees were back on the job Monday morning, some were still at home. The Department of Homeland Security says most U.S. Coast Guard civilians are among those who have been called back.
William Brown is a civilian who provides facility maintenance for the USCG. Brown finally got the call around 3:45 p.m. on Monday that he's going back to work Tuesday. But, he was furloughed for five days.
"I've been getting a lot done at the house," said Brown. "Taking care of the yard and cleaning."
He's also retired active duty, and he's fortunate to have a retirement check coming in while he's been furloughed.
"Doing without my civilian paycheck, I could last a few months," said Brown. "But, I don't have a lot of extra resources, and the resources I have would go away very quickly if it were to go to a full shutdown, and I didn't receive a full retirement check."
Before he learned he'd be going back to work, he was concerned.
"I'm looking for opportunities to make a little extra money until we're back on our feet," explained Brown.
Brown is going back to work because of his position as a civilian. The DHS Acting Secretary Rand Beers says he's eliminating furloughs for those who directly support service members. He also says, he's trying to bring all USCG civilians back as soon as possible.
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