9 agencies to reopen following Trump’s deal to end shutdown until Feb 15

Following the agreed three weeks reopening of the federal government by President Trump nine agencies are in the process to start functioning after remaining shutdown for 35 days, since December 22.

About 800,000 federal workers missed their two full paychecks. With the signing of a bill by Trump last week the federal agencies will be issuing checks to the workers to the earliest.

The reopening is until February 15 and a senior administration official said the earliest pay date depends on the agency.

The official said, “Recognizing the urgency of getting federal employees paid quickly, the administration is taking steps to ensure that they receive pay as soon as possible.”

The workers are suggested to reach out to their agency to know further details about their paychecks.

The departments which were affected by the longest shutdown in US history are Agriculture, Commerce, Justice, Homeland Security, Housing and Urban Development, Interior, State, Transportation and Treasury.

Agency spokesperson for the Department of Homeland Security, Tyler Houlton, said about 90 percent of their employees worked without paychecks and after the funds are made available they have plans to fully reopen the Department.

The National Zoo and Smithsonian museums to reopen on January 29.

Paul Linus