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Civilian employees at MacDill return to work

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TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Just days after being told to go home, some of the more than 1,500 civilian employees furloughed at MacDill Air Force base were told to come back to work on Monday.

The furloughed employees were notified on Sunday after the Secretary of Defense determined he had the legal authority to order the return.

Anthony Jones is a contract employee at MacDill.

Jones says he wasn't directly impacted, but some of the people he works with were furloughed.

Jones says, "We had a lot of our good people not being able to come into work, so things were definitely affected."

Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel says a legal review of the "Pay Our Military Act," signed by President Barack Obama on Monday would allow him to bring most civilian employees of the military back to work.

More about the partial government shutdown.

A spokesperson for MacDill says, "While this is welcome news for MacDill Air Force Base, it is important to note that there is still a lapse in appropriations due to the ongoing government shutdown. This means that military contracts that were on hold last week due to the government shutdown are still on hold. This situation will continue to have an adverse effect on the greater Tampa Bay community until the government shutdown situation is resolved.

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