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  • The problem is not easily solved
    Just me
    Two issues complicate the commute: First is that there are many private sector companies that take their cue from the federal government. They open when we open and close when we close. The second issue is that there are many people who perform critical and essential services in the government. This means that we get the dubious pleasure of coming in to work when common sense dictates we should stay home. If we don't come in then vital services are reduced or are not provided at all. Thus it is that OPM, for all its faults, can't be entirely blamed for the problems inherent in bad weather.
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  • snow release
    marien
    OPM should only require supervisors to approve on-the-spot leave. People who work in the city know what happens when a storm hits. If they want to leave early, they can ask for on-the-spot leave, then go forth and take their chances. I'm not sure anything would have helped the day of the Air Florida crash (I was in a van pool and it took us 4 hours to get from SW DC to the Roosevelt Bridge - in the pre-cell phone era), even if so many hadn't left at once. There still would have been severe congestion, the jet still would have crashed, and the wreck on metro still would have happened. Everyone bails as soone as an early release is announced, anyway. If someone wants to wait it out awhile, then they should be able to do that, as well.
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  • Have the National Weather Service make the call
    G Street
    OPM has shown it is incapable of managing anything -- witness the USAJOBS debacle. Any SES or GS-15 over there fired for that? Doubt it... According to the WaPo today, not to worry, they have brought in *IT specialists* to save the day (which makes you wonder what they had there before). They also got rid of all the guilty contractors (all probably hired on some politically correct disadvantaged set-aside). But yes, OPM, concentrate on SNOW (we await your *wisdom* from the mountaintop).
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  • Snow
    Linda
    People need to use some common sense. I live in an area with a lot more snow and a lot less traffic. When we had 18 inches by noon, we were sent home. People asked me if I was going straight home. I said "heck no, I got to get groceries, it's Friday. I may not want to head back into town Saturday." We ended up with 42 inches in 24 hours. We went snow skiing Saturday. (My husband drove, I don't drive in snow like that). Some people stayed and finished what they were working on. Because we have the snow clearing equipment, the only ones really effected were those who live out of town. We have one worker who lives 45 minutes away. Even though she is not flexi-place, and her job doesn't allow for that, on days were a storm is forecasted, her manager allows her to work from home. Why can't manager's allow their employees to work from home on forecasted snow days (those that can) and if a snow day is called, they don't have to go home, but can just stop working to keep it fair with everyone else. Therefore, many of the commuters stay home and the traffic is better for those who have to go in to the office to work. Some people may not flexiplace because they don't get the snow days, and who wants to try and work if the kids are home from snow due to snow?
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  • Solutions
    Putt-Putt
    There is a simple solution and a permanent solution: Simple solution would be to follow the directives of the local transportation departments (they're the ones that have to clear the streets, so follow their travel warnings). Permanent solution: Move all D.C. operations to Phoenix. My Fed Friends there say they've never been shut down or released early for weather.
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