By Vice Adm. William F. “Bill” Moran
Deputy Chief of Naval Operations
Shipmates, as we head into week two of the shutdown, your feedback makes it clear that there remains much anxiety across the fleet.
Despite uncertainty over how long this will last, the past week wasn’t without some good news. The majority of our civilian teammates returned to work and we continue to receive more and more spending authority under the Pay Our Military Act. But we are not where we want to be and here’s the latest from my perch:
Yesterday, we were given the authority to disburse pay and allowances, clearing the way to begin paying bonuses and many other payments. Defense Finance and Accounting Service (equivalent to our central bank in DoD) should begin to release funds today, but that won’t mean that it will all show up for everyone instantly. There remains some additional approval authority to clear before you will have all of the pay, training tools and support you need to fully carry out your mission. We are working hard to get all of these details figured out.
Thank you for your patience. I know this has not been easy. I can assure you that your shipmates in DC and up your chain of command and our Navy are dedicated to getting back to “ops normal” as soon as possible.
As the actions of this past weekend in Somalia and Libya remind us, world events do not pause or wait for us to figure out pay or travel policy. We have shipmates forward carrying out dangerous missions and standing watch at sea around the globe. Our country needs a mission focused Navy now more than ever.
Keep sharing your feedback.
Editor’s note: We will continue to update information about the government shutdown as it becomes available. For information about our civilian team, visit Civilian Team: What you need to know about pay our military act. The Chief of Naval Operations and Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy held a Virtual All Hands Call, Tues., Oct. 8 to answer questions from the fleet about the government shutdown.
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