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DorobekINSIDER poll: Did OPM make the right decision to open DC offices on Friday?
Friday - 2/12/2010, 10:36am EST
For those outside the Beltway, sorry for yet another snow post, but… it has been a long week. And already tough DC traffic got much worse this morning.
And, as we’ve said all week, the decision to close the government is a thankless job — and as we said yesterday, the decision about whether to open today (Friday) was the toughest one. OPM Director John Berry told us on Federal News Radio’s Daily Debrief with Chris Dorobek and Amy Morris that he makes the close/no close decision purely on the facts. Yet it seems almost inconceivable that there wasn’t some pressure — spoken or unspoken — to get people back to work. No doubt that is why OPM felt it was necessary to put out a statement last night defending this week’s decisions to close government for most of the week.
From listening to traffic reports on WTOP radio’s traffic coverage (more here), Twitter reports, anecdotal accounts from people I know, and traffic cameras, it is a mess out there. One person said her 20-minute commute took 95 minutes.
And while hindsight is always 20/20, we’re going to ask the question: Did OPM make the right decision to open the government on a 2-hour delay today?
(WTOP Photo/Kristi King)