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  • They did the same a couple weeks ago too!
    cayenneblue
    And I ended up having over a 2 1/2 hour commute in to work... They always seem to do this - over-react for one storm, but and take it out by not doing anything on the next. I made the decision to stay home today - I didn't want another 2 1/2 hour commute when I'd end up having to take leave anyway.....
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  • Quit whining!
    chicagoman
    Feds with 3 years service get 6 hours/pay period - more than enough to spend on the odd snow day. If you were in the private sector you'd be lucky to earn 20 days personal leave that would include sick and vacation leave. Also, they'd want you at work, on time and do your 8 hours, and they wouldn't care that there was 2 inches of snow. I was on the Capital Beltway at 6:15 AM and it was snowing but not crowded in Maryland - I knew it was going to snow so I left early. Perhaps you should plan ahead or keep an eye on the weather so you can PLAN ahead.
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  • are you daff?
    lonzo71
    most private companies get the same hours and even a few give "personal" time. Don't try and compare fed with private. They both have certain perks but none is better than the other. At least with a company, you don't have OPM, which is a +2 for the private sector
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  • Wow chicagoman
    Sunny D
    Your employer sounds like mine. I work for the feds. I'm considered an existential employee I have to be at work at a specific time no matter what. No excuses, or face adverse actions. Sorry my reality doesn't jive with your view of the federal work force.
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  • Not whining - just tired of sitting in traffic
    cayenneblue
    No where did I whine about having to take my leave. Quite the contrary - I was happy to. And before you start your spouting off about how you leave SO early, let me tell you that I'm already at work at 6am and I live more than an hour away. So yes, it does make me mad when OPM doesn't make the right decision. More than double my typical commute because of weather is not fun.
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  • If you live an hour away that is YOUR choice
    chicagoman
    So don't complain when occasionally things go against you. You CHOOSE to live out in the 'burbs - there are advantages of that - bigger house, nice yard, etc. BUT, no public transit, long commute - so it's YOUR choice. And, yes, the private sector is a lot less forgiving of lateness, schedule variation, slackness, doesn't allow you to carry over an infinite amount of sick leave or 240 hours of annual leave.
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  • What they should have done.....
    cayenneblue
    Was have a delayed arrival at the very least - especially when the snow is supposed to hit during rush hour.....
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  • OPM made the right call
    FallsChurchFed
    Most Roads were passable and those who needed to take leave probably got permission to. We should not shut down every time we have an inch or so of snow, that mostly does not even stick to the roads.
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  • Closing isn't the only option
    cubedweller
    No, we don't have to shut down every time we get snow, but offering liberal leave/unscheduled telework is perfectly reasonable.
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  • Maybe you had an inch in West Falls Church
    Skippy
    But up where we live in Maryland we had 5 or 6 inches, the roads were snow covered at 6:00 am, and the plows were trying to clear the roads. Delaying arrivals would have kept a lot of cars off the road, sped up the clearing operations, and made it easier for everyone to get to work.
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  • I agree
    cayenneblue
    I live south of the city and we had about 4 inches on the ground and the roads were covered. A delayed arrival like they used to have would have been perfect.
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  • I don't get it
    cubedweller
    I don't understand why they care so much about the criticism. Sometimes they will make a bad call. That's to be expected. But compensating for a bad call by making another bad call just doesn't make any sense. If they really care about the safety of employees, they would make the best call possible and just forget about it. I'd rather have liberal leave and not need it, than need it and not have it.
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  • Government Always Overreacts to Prior Criticism
    Goshkruse
    Under Obama, the government is so sensitive to criticism, that it now overreacts to any criticism. Take for example, the $16 muffin story in the Post over a year ago. Criticized for spending too much on food at meetings, there's now no food at meetings, even though the original muffin story proved to be incorrect. (Seriously there is no $16 muffins, yet the Post chose to report it). Having been criticized for a snowstorm that didn't occur, OPM now overreacts by staying open regardless. The current crop of politicians are nothing but a bunch of ideologues who couldn't organize the tying of a shoe, they need to stay out of the day-to-day operations and only judge by the objectives and goals achieved.
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