WASHINGTON — The Defense Department specializes in mobilizing for massive operations on short notice. But officials at the Pentagon are finding this week that preparing to shut down much of the government’s largest bureaucracy by midnight Monday is proving messier than many challenges.
At the military’s Arlington, Va., headquarters and on bases around the world, supervisors have been cloistering one-on-one with 3 million active-duty military, civilians and reservists to tell them whether to report to work Tuesday morning. The payroll staff has scrambled to figure out how Pentagon computers would cut paychecks if much of the staff was told to stay home. On Friday, assorted deputies, assistants and analysts were scurrying in and out of the offices of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and his comptroller, Robert Hale, for last-minute briefings and conference calls with veterans and commanders around the world.
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