No. He's "looking into it" as he did when he signed off on instituting it. "I am offended, outraged and embarrassed that the government shutdown had prevented the Department of Defense from fulfilling this sacred responsibility in a timely manner," Hagel said in announcing the contract with Fisher House. . Only the Government Shutdown didn't prevent the DOD from fulfilling it. The DOD was fully funded and the death gratuity was included, but with tortured logic, the DOD/Justice dept lawyers said the government could avoid payments if they chose to. But they would have to choose to. So, choose they did. In fact, every closure, every denial, every embarrassment has been the choice of the Administration, because the house has fully funded the Government.