Federal Workers Getting Back Pay Next Week Most will start seeing it in Oct. 25 paychecks By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff Posted Oct 17, 2013 2:32 PM CDT 78 comments Comments In this Oct. 2, 2013 file photo people visit the closed World War II Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, despite signs stating that the national parks are closed due to the federal shutdown. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File) (Newser) – Most furloughed federal workers, who went 16 days without pay, will start getting back pay a week from tomorrow. When exactly the back pay starts showing up depends on the payroll provider used by each agency, but most workers will start seeing it Oct. 25, CNN reports. More good news: As part of last night's deal, federal workers should see their first cost-of-living pay increase in three years. The 1% increase would arrive in January.