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Federal News Radio has learned that the federal government will be closed on Wed., Feb. 10, 2010. OPM Director John Berry talked earlier this week about how his makes his decision and about why he thinks teleworking is more important than ever.
The Office of Personnel Management has decided to open the federal government in the Washington, D.C. area under a delayed arrival/unscheduled leave policy for Tuesday, Feb. 16, 2010.
Commuters in the D.C. area faced grueling traffic backups on Friday morning. This, combined with a train derailment on the Red Line heading into the city has prompted many to deem the morning rush, "the commute from hell". Federal News Radio has contacted the Office of Personnel Management about their decision to open the federal government, and is waiting for a response.
Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are open under a delayed arrival/unscheduled leave policy. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would normally arrive, and employees who cannot report for work may take unscheduled leave.
The federal government will be closed on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2010, according to the Office of Personnel Management. OPM John Berry tells Federal News Radio that he made the decision after a conference call with other local officials at 6 p.m., which has been the procedure all week.
'We placed teams from Dominion Power, the dining facility, FMWR, and snow removal personnel on post. I'm convinced this saved many from more extensive power outages, ensured Soldiers were fed, assisted in clearing roads faster, and contributed to the overall safety of the work force,' Col. Jerry Blixt said.
WTOP's Mark Segraves sat down with Metro's new General Manager Richard Sarles, who explained how the federal government and D.C. Metro coordinate to make the easiest commutes.
Mike Causey outlines some of the hurdles to telework.
WTOP's Adam Tuss and WFED's Mike Causey assess OPM's call to call an early dismissal Wednesday and a late arrival Thursday due to snow.