Washington — US government agencies that had largely shuttered operations for five weeks during a budget standoff said on Saturday they are moving swiftly to resume operations and compensate employees for missed pay cheques. The White House held a conference call with cabinet department financial officers late on Friday to discuss the resumption of government operations, while agencies began to grapple with a backlog of management and policy issues. The partial government shutdown — at 35 days the longest in US history — led to about 800,000 federal workers going unpaid, including 380,000 furloughed workers. President Donald Trump signed a measure on Friday to fund the government for three weeks as congressional negotiators try to hammer out a bill to fund the federal government through September 30. Trump had demanded $5.7bn in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border, but Democratic legislators refused to include the money. The White House Office of Management and Budget’s actin...

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