Federal employees in Atlanta head back to work

Federal employees in Atlanta head back to work

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Employees at the Sam Nunn Federal Center began arriving for work early Thursday morning. Employees at the Sam Nunn Federal Center began arriving for work early Thursday morning.
Employees at the Centers for Disease Control were among those headed back on Thursday. Employees at the Centers for Disease Control were among those headed back on Thursday.
ATLANTA -

The federal government is back open, and that means federal workers here in Atlanta are also back in the office.  Employees at the Sam Nunn Federal Center began arriving early Thursday morning.  

More than 800,000 federal workers have been furloughed over the last 16 days.  Atlanta is home to the fifth-largest concentration of federal workers in the country.  

Employees at the Centers for Disease Control were among those headed back, just as concerns were growing about the shutdown's impact on their ability to detect diseases across the country.  

Federal parks are also back open, and that includes The King Center, where tourists have been turned away for the last two weeks. King Center workers were all smiles as the doors reopened.

"To be able to open those doors once again and say, ‘Welcome, come in,' was such a delight to all of us," said Judy Forte, the superintendent of monuments at the King Center.

Despite the rain, dozens of people were happy to once again venture out on the paths at Kennesaw Mountain National Park after the two-week shutdown.

All furloughed employees will be receiving back pay for the full amount of days missed.

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