In plans announced Friday, the Pentagon said that all active-duty personnel, reserve personnel and civilians performing essential activities would be required to stay on the job, though their Oct. 15 paychecks could be in limbo, if the shutdown continues. About 400,000 civilians, including tens of thousands in California, would be furloughed and would be paid retroactively only after congressional approval. The Department of Homeland Security is planning to furlough just less than 14% of its employees and only 4% of Veterans Affairs workers will be removed from duty.
Jacquelyn Martin / Associated Press
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