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The government reportedly paid 32 federal employees during the shutdown by accident, then told them not to spend it

The government reportedly paid 32 federal employees during the shutdown by accident, then told them not to spend it
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The government accidentally paid 32 federal employees from the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board and Interior Department during the shutdown, The Washington Post reported.




The Interior Department, whose employee made the error, immediately tried to claw back the funds.




The employees' bosses also told the workers not to access the funds as the government tried to take back the payments.




Some 800,000 federal employees are living without pay because of the shutdown.



The federal government accidentally paid 30 employees amid the government shutdown, then told them not to access the funds so it could get the money back, The Washington Post reported.
The Interior Business Center, an Interior Department division that processes federal workers' paychecks, made a clerical error and paid 30 furloughed employees at the Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (CSB) and two others at the Interior Department on Friday morning, The Post said.
The CSB investigates chemical accidents and is based in Washington, DC. Almost everyone who works there has been furloughed during the government shutdown, which entered its 22nd day on Saturday and is now the longest-ever on record.
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