Robert Hale, the comptroller of the Department of Defense, just told reporters that civilian workers paid from the working capital fund can keep working if the government shuts down on Tuesday.
That means about 12,000 civilian workers at Tinker Air Force Base could still report to work because they are paid from the fund, which is like a business account that holds the receipts from work done by maintenance depots such as the one at Tinker.
Military personnel must continue regular duty. But about half of the civilians will have to be furloughed if the government shuts down, Hale said.
Earlier this week, a Tinker spokesman said that employees paid through working capital fund were to be exempted the last time the department planned for a shutdown in 2011.
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