I am grateful to be able to welcome the entire Department of Justice back to work! Those of you who were not able to work during the shutdown were greatly missed, and the efforts of those who were at work during this difficult period were truly appreciated.
My top priority now is to ensure that each of you is able to fully resume your work as quickly as possible. The Department of Justice draws its strength from the expertise, hard work, and tenacity of our nearly 115,000 employees. All of you are essential to protecting the American people and to performing our critical law enforcement functions. Our collective work is absolutely crucial, and I don't want another day missed.
I regret the anxieties and hardships the shutdown has caused you and your families. While you return to your work for the Department, I know that the financial consequences of the lapse in appropriations will continue to be of great concern to you. Over the coming days, we will continue to provide updates about how and when we will be able to address the consequences of the shutdown.
Thank you again for your tireless service to the American people. Let's get back to work!
Eric H. Holder, Jr.