More than 7,000 North Dakota federal employees get back to work.
43 USDA Rural Development workers are busy catching up on emails and missed calls and 16 days worth of mail.
Director Jasper Schneider says top priorities will be connecting with those that depend on the USDA's financial assistance.
(Jasper Schneider / USDA Rural Development Director) "When we shut down 2 weeks ago we were coming up right at the end of the fiscal year, we were dealing with that and also the government shutdown. It's going to be a couple of days just to get back up and running, answering phone calls, responding to emails, going through all the mail. It's just a lot to tackle and get back up on our feet."
Every employee we talked to in the office, says they are happy to be back at work.