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Arizona could recall furloughed DES workers quickly

PHOENIX -- Furloughed workers at the Arizona Department of Economic Security will be quickly recalled once a federal budget is in place.

DES sent 239 workers home on Oct. 7 after the federal government stopped paying the costs of processing social security disability determinations. Another seven state workers who audit those accounts also were furloughed.

Spokeswoman Tasya Peterson says workers could be back on the job Thursday if Congress acts quickly to pass a deal worked out by Republican and Democratic Senators on Wednesday.

It isn't yet known if the workers will receive back pay.

Some low-income families that receive cash assistance saw delays in their payments because of the federal shutdown early this month. Gov. Jan Brewer then ordered DES to use other funds to make the payments.

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