“Now that the bill has passed the United States Senate and the House of Representatives, the President plans to sign it tonight and employees should expect to return to work in the morning. Employees should be checking the news and OPM’s website for further updates.”
As this is written, the President expects to sign the bill tonight, authorizing, among other things, a continuing resolution (that's right, still no damn budget!) to keep the ball rolling until the 15th of January. That would require non-essential federal workers heretofore on furlough to report as early as tomorrow the 17th, possibly by Friday the 18th.
I'll know for certain when I wake up tomorrow morning at 5:45 and find out officially just what the hell is or isn't going on. Enjoy your new health care plans, America. Meanwhile, watch some people who still blame George Bush for the delay.