Although Congress passed a last-minute measure Sept. 30 to fund servicemembers and civilian Department of Defense employees working during the government shutdown, the Pentagon has yet to tell which employees will receive their military paychecks, according to Stars and Stripes.
Signed by President Obama just hours before the shutdown began, the Military Pay Law ensures that active-duty troops would receive their paychecks during the shutdown instead of having them suspended due to the lack of government funding. The law also applies to the nearly 400,000 defense department civilians that were not furloughed.
In a statement released by the DoD earlier in the week, Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel claimed that supervisors would provide their employees with the proper information. However, defense officials were still finalizing guidelines on how to implement the law, leaving many workers unsure about their financial situations, the news source reported.
Employees of the Defense Department of Defense Education Activity told the news outlet via email that they were still unsure if they would receive their paychecks.
"[We were told] that our pay will be delayed. We have been given no further information," one employee wrote. "I think it is important that our community understands that currently, teachers are still teaching their children with no idea when a paycheck will come."
Officials from the Defense Finance and Accounting Service also told the news source that the agency was waiting for a final word from the defense department before processing paychecks.