Employees returned to work Oct. 17 and began to restore full federal services after the 112th Congress approved and US President Barack Obama signed legislation ending a 16-day partial government shutdown.
"You know, every time we needed to check on something, or pick up the phone, the person was furloughed," US Sec. of the Interior Sally Jewell said in an Oct. 17 message to employees. "[It was] very, very frustrating for those who came in, and very challenging for those of you that weren't able to come in. I appreciate that the uncertainty was very hard on you and very hard on your families. And I am just so happy that we are all back at work.
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