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The Obama administration, scrambling to tamp down a controversy over suspended death benefits for the families of fallen troops, announced Wednesday that a charity would pick up the costs of the payments during the government shutdown.
The Pentagon is ordering most of its approximately 400,000 furloughed civilian employees back to work.
Their government has failed to keep the doors open and has told federal workers to stay off the job as the political parties fight over spending and health care in austere times.
U.S. Department of Defense civilian employees are being warned to prepare for the beginning of a cycle of furloughs that will take away a significant portion of their income after the Fourth of July holiday.