WASHINGTON - The bill to end the shutdown has received President Trump's signature and the question was should federal workers go to work on Friday or not? And it looks like the answer is yes!
Because of the timing of when the shutdown ended, and the fact that the President signed the bill just before the workday began on Friday, there was some confusion as to which federal workers should go to work on Friday. OPM.gov updated their site around 9:30 a.m. announcing that "Employees are expected to return to work, absent other instructions from their employing agencies."
Tom Temin, managing editor of The Federal Drive on Federal New Radio, joined us early Friday and advised for federal employees to go to work.
"It's hard to know for sure. My advice is that they should go to work," Temin said early Friday before Trump signed the bill. "I'm basing this on the last shutdown when, even though it was a full-blown official shutdown and a total lapse in appropriations, they were told to at least report initially so they could effectuate the shutdown."
The House worked in the early hours Friday to reopen the federal government and pass a $400 billion budget deal. The 240-186 vote came in the pre-dawn hours, putting to bed a five-and-a-half hour federal shutdown that relatively few would notice. Many who did quickly labeled it a pointless, head-scratching episode.
The shutdown was the second in three weeks.
If the President had not signed the bill Temin said federal workers should have still reported to take the steps needed to officially close down the agency. "Whether it's shutting down the computers or gathering up the phones, whatever it might be, they still have administrative things to do to effectuate the shutdown. Like the last time they might go in and then they would still go home after that."
The Associated Press contributed to this article