Defense Deputy Secretary Bob Work has cautioned the ongoing budget crisis in Congress could result in a government-wide shutdown this week, Military Times reported Friday.
Andrew Tilghman writes Work informed soldiers and Defense Department civilians in a memo what happens in a shutdown if lawmakers failed to agree on a budget proposal before the Oct. 1 deadline.
“The uncertainty of the current circumstances puts our workforce in a difficult situation, and should a government shutdown occur, it could impose hardships on many employees as well as the people we serve every day,” Work said in the memo.
“During a government shutdown, all military personnel would continue in a normal duty status; however, they would not be paid until Congress provides funding,” Work said.
Military paychecks scheduled for Oct. 1 would be unaffected by a government shutdown, according to Military Times.