Feds can expect back pay with next checks

October 17, 2013
National Park Service personnel remove the barricades from the World war II Memorial as the government reopens Thursday. (Astrid Riecken/Washington Post).
National Park Service personnel remove the barricades from the World war II Memorial as the government reopens Thursday. (Astrid Riecken/The Washington Post).

Wednesday’s deal to end the government shutdown included back pay for federal employees who were not paid during stalemate, providing compensation for workers who were taken off the job or had to work without pay during through no fault of their own.

But when will the employees see the pay they missed?

All federal employees will receive retroactive compensation in their next paychecks, according to the Office of Management and Budget.

The Defense Finance and Accounting Services, one of four agencies that handles payroll processing for the federal government, plans to include the back pay in its clients Oct. 25 paychecks, which cover the pay periods ending on Oct. 5 and Oct. 19.

One caveat: All time sheets must be submitted on time for the next due date in order for that to happen, according to DFAS spokesman Steve Burghardt. For the Defense Department, that deadline is Thursday — so now is the time to hand in those time cards.

DFAS covers DOD, the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Environmental Protection Agency, Health and Human Services, the Department of Energy, the Executive Office of the President, and the Broadcast Board of Governors.

The government’s other payroll processors have not yet responded to requests for information about their dates for back pay, but the Federal Eye will update this article as more information becomes available.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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