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Some feds see bright side to furloughs

Some federal workers are seeing a potential bright side to being furloughed.

Some federal workers are seeing a potential bright side to being furloughed, Government Executive reports.

While most agencies are not expected to hand down the scheduled 22 days of furloughs consecutively, some feds have noted that the mandatory off-duty days would be an ideal time for an extended vacation or to collect unemployment—law states that more than 22 days would classify as a layoff, according to the report.

Others are looking forward to the possibility of receiving back pay for the furloughed days -- in 1995 Congress voted to approve more than $44 million to retroactively pay feds who were affected by a 21-day government shutdown, the report notes.

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