WRONG. A thousand times WRONG. Your workplace is most assuredly not normal. The DoD recalled civilians alright, civilian Govt workers - not their contractors. Unless the workers were somehow deemed "essential" they aren't back to work by my understanding. Most of the folks I know work for ancillary parts of the Govt and not the DoD.
I know people who work for these firms, lots of them. They are on the beach taking leave. Some of these people supported contracts numbering thousands - they are ALL sitting on the beach. They received Stop Work orders the Monday this all failed to pass. The contracts they worked on were fully funded too but they weren't Firm Fixed Price or anything like that.
The reason why Lockheed Martin, Raytheon, Booz Allen, SAIC, and ALL of their subcontractors are furloughing people is because of Stop Work orders. I will grant you that some folks are working but people I know from ALL of those companies are NOT working and will not be reimbursed for their time over and above whatever vacation they take. Some of these people, people I know personally, live paycheck to paycheck and this IS hurting them. This is also hurting their companies a great deal! Lots and lots of little companies that sub to these guys are hurting. I know someone who was outright fired, their company is out of cash and even when things crank back up will be so crippled they have actually shed employees not just furloughed them.