A Federal Holiday Poem

A Federal Holiday Poem

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Observing what has been a holiday tradition at GovExec.com since 1998, we present our annual ode to federal employees.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all ‘cross the Web
Not a surfer was surfing, except for some feds.

The FAA cleared Santa for his annual flight,
As the Weather Service predicted a clear, starry night.

FEMA stood by in case of snow, ice or sleet,
As troops ’round the world maintained the peace. Continue reading “A Federal Holiday Poem”

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees

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Federal employees will report for a full day of work Tuesday, with the Obama administration opting not to give any extra time off for Christmas Eve.

The decision does not come as a surprise. It is “consistent with historical precedent when Christmas has fallen on a Wednesday,” an official at the Office of Personnel Management told Government Executive. “The government has remained open on Christmas Eve for six of the last nine times since 1946 that Christmas Day has fallen on a Wednesday.”

One of the recent exceptions was 2002, when President George W. Bush gave feds a half day off on Tuesday, Dec. 24. Continue reading “No Christmas Eve Off for Federal Employees”