By Keith Laing - 10/03/11 06:37 PM EDT
There had been an effort in Congress to pass legislation to provide the workers back pay, but it was later determined that LaHood had the authority to order the reimbursements without further congressional action.
LaHood said the back pay is "sure to be a relief to the hundreds of FAA employees I've had the pleasure of speaking with over the last few months at town hall meetings from Atlantic City, New Jersey to Anchorage, Alaska.
"For these folks, like so many families across America, a single missed paycheck can be a huge burden in these tough economic times," he wrote. "So I'm thrilled to finally be able to make this situation right for them."