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  • 3rd graders
    deployed decoy
    Just like us that grew up in snow states lived for the closed school call. Our leadership and elected officials all live for snow to take a paid day off, with 9 year old mentality. Well congress can take the day off anyway and still get paid. My suggestion is simple. People are required to take annual leave or get to work. No closing work because it snows. I worked out west for years and never once heard of any federal office closed for snow. They did give folks the 59 minute rule once, but the drifts on freeway overpasses were 4 feet thick that time. If nothing else most agencies can be then called into action for help should the blizzard impact lives of non-federal employees. So either hold OPM accountable and make them work first to lead by example, or move the entire HQ for all federal offices to someplace with almost no snow. Say Las Vegas where the housing is cheap and water costs the first born as deposit. That would also save on all the conference in the same town. They could hold said conference in a conference room, opposed to flying folks in to the casinos. And just think of the virtual raise they would all get, taking DC Locality pay to the RUS. Wait that would actually save BILLIONS over 10 years when everyone got their pay whacked 25%.
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  • Congress already moved lots of govt to West Virginia
    contrarian
    See, Senator Byrd was ahead of his time in doing what he could. Problem is that now WV is part of the DC locality area, ooops no savings there and lots more gas burned. Of course if Ron Paul gets elected alot of those govt jobs at Commerce, Energy and Education just get moved to nowhere so if you're trying to save money that's your best plan. Reality is we didn't learn from 9-11 that decentralization is the best way to avoid attacks, they can't get us all. The last 10 years have been surreal and frankly I don't see how they get much better on our current track.
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  • "...if Ron Paul gets elected..."?
    FERS Fed
    Ha! Good one. I wonder, will he be addressed as President and Grand Imperial Wizard Paul or Grand Imperial Wizard President Paul
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  • You make no sense
    Moderate
    If you want to go to work in 4 feet of snow, then go ahead. If the governor calls an emergency and does not let us use the roads, we should not be forced to use leave. I also do not own a truck. I save energy by using a moderate sized car. It would not work in 4 feet of snow. Nor does it work in frozen rain or sleet. Is your vehicle one of the 8MPG gas guzzlers? Again, the rule is that if you make the effort and fail or the building is closed, admin leave or weather leave is used.
    worker
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  • Made it in
    deployed decoy
    Well Mr Mod, I also made it 12 miles to work on German roads in my BMW 330i (with M3 racing kit). Now if you have never saw traffic density, please go on a German vacation and try and drive the freeways around Stuttgart. On nothing but German federal Govt mandated winter tires and leaving an hour early. Over a solid ice floor on top of packed snow. Dont give me this garbage. And you should also know that German Made racing car that hit 125 MPH in 4th gear on the on ramp (dry days) and I have no idea how fast it could go in 6th gear because I never had enough clear highway to red line it... Averaged 24MPG over 10,000 miles...
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  • To DD
    Moderate
    Number one, how is your comment relevant? I do not plan to ever go to Germany. Second, your roads were driveable. If I arrive late due to road conditions, that is considered admin leave. That is right X, same agency as you. And what does the mpg or speed of the car have to do with anything. I use all season steel belted radicals. However, I own a regular family car.
    worker
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  • Mod
    deployed decoy
    It is relevant because YOU made it so. You wrongly assumed I drove a HUMMR in the snow. I responded I drove on solid ice floor (freezing rain) on top of snow in a 24MPG race car and got to work ON TIME. why your boss gives you Admin Leave to arrive late, should be the basis of a federal review (assumes you are a federal employee and not a contractor in violation of the contract). If you dont put winter tires on that family car and drive the kids. I just hope you live long enough to watch them die of injuries YOU could have prevented or mitigated.
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  • Driving
    Moderate
    Again DD, I drive on all season steel belted radials. These are good for dry roads and snowy roads. They are for winter weather. Therefore, your comment about my children is rather stupid. And your last sentence shows your lack of intelligence. They are not good on sheets of ice. I do not know whether chains are good on sheets of ice, but snow tires are not. And I am not sure whether studs are allowed any more in our state. Any way, if there are the road conditions you drive in, then the governor will declare a snow emergency and keep the drivers (excluding emergency vehicles) off the road. I can also guarantee you that your allegation against any manager would be laughed out of his or her manager's office.
    worker
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  • winter tires dude
    deployed decoy
    Yes all season rubber has some advantages. They are better on a rain floor for example, not a whole lot better on a snow floor because they were worn down all summer and dont get soft in the cold. Winter rubber gets softer the colder it gets, also generally has better tread since most folks dont put them on until mid November and take them off in March. Much better traction on ice and snow. Also just try and get past a state cop in the Cascade Mtn passes on run of the mill all season rubber when there is a winter snow floor... I do agree on a solid sheet of ice either studs or chains work best, but those specially made winter tires will get you around much safer and better. Assuming you don't have a hill to stop going down, or for that matter remove your foot from the gas to fast and lock up everything. But you are in America, where we can sue our mothers for having a stupid child that lived or blame the governor when we crash our cars into a tree when they didnt close the roads to the ski areas that we took the kids too when they closed the schools and work.
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  • Cite Your Authority
    X-taxman
    LOL Mod you're always telling commenters to 'cite their authority' for their statements, now it's your turn. In my (former) agency, the rule was definitely NOT that if you make an attempt and fail, you can take admin leave. The ONLY time you can take admin leave is when the SCR (Senior Commissioner's Rep) determined that your building is officially CLOSED. If you make the attempt and fail, you use your own leave or work at home. Surely even you can see how "The Rule According To Mod" would be very widely abused since employees wouldn't have to prove that they actually made any attempt at all. Also, owning a Yugo will not grant you any special favors!
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  • to X
    Moderate
    First X try the travel regs. Second X your comment is stupid. Where is your authority in asserting that I have ever owned a Yugo. Third, you nmust be in contact with your manager and not just make the assertion. Managers know when there is just a little bit of snow on the ground and when the roads are not driveable. Fourth, the manager will look at the history of the worker when deciding whether to investigate the worker's assertion. Would you risk your job for one day off? I would not. Actually, I have not heard of anyone abusing the rule, although I am sure more than one person has ndone so.
    worker
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  • it burns me up
    nom de guerre
    I work in a large Midwestern POD where so many EE have "leave issues" that the local executives never want to even declare a "liberal leave" day (don't even think about a shutdown), even when local governments have ordered the roads closed. Result: Conscientous EE are stuck debating whether to break the law by trying to drive to work, or call in and hope their manager will approve leave (if the manager made it in). Of course the leave abusers can't be found with a search warrant on these days, perhaps showing that they have more sense than the rest of us. How about a consistent OPM policy that will at least make allowances for local government travel bans when deciding whether EE are ordered to report to work?
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  • Grievable Issue?
    Moderate
    What does your contract and the union say about this?
    worker
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