Federal Workers Must Report For Half-Day Despite Shutdown

CBS DC

WASHINGTON (CBSDC/AP) — Federal workers will still have to report to work for about four hours Tuesday even though the government is shutting down.

With no late deal averting the midnight Monday shutdown, several federal agencies say employees would be limited to doing work related to the shutdown, including changing voicemail messages, posting an out-of-office message on email, securing work stations and documents and completing time cards.

At the Environmental Protection Agency, for example, employees were told they cannot work on “any projects, tasks, activities or respond to emails.”

The Housing and Urban Development Department said it will close its offices at 1:30 p.m. Other agencies, such as the Labor Department, expect most employees to be gone by midday, but haven’t set a specific time.

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