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OPM Announces Early Departure for DC Feds


The Office of Personnel Management has authorized a two-hour early departure for federal employees in the Washington area on Wednesday due to expected snowfall in the region this evening.

Non-emergency employees can leave two hours before their typical departure time from work today and OPM will grant them administrative leave for the remaining hours. For example, if employees usually leave at 5:00 p.m., then they should depart at 3:00 p.m. to avoid what is sure to be a messy commute.

Emergency employees and telework employees are expected to remain on duty, unless otherwise directed by their agencies. The status of the federal government currently is open.

There is a winter storm warning in effect for the Washington metro area until 4:00 a.m. Thursday, with between 5 and 10 inches of accumulation expected.

Here's the full memo.

Kellie Lunney covers federal pay and benefits issues, the budget process and financial management. After starting her career in journalism at Government Executive in 2000, she returned in 2008 after four years at sister publication National Journal writing profiles of influential Washingtonians. In 2006, she received a fellowship at the Ohio State University through the Kiplinger Public Affairs in Journalism program, where she worked on a project that looked at rebuilding affordable housing in Mississippi after Hurricane Katrina. She has appeared on C-SPAN’s Washington Journal, NPR and Feature Story News, where she participated in a weekly radio roundtable on the 2008 presidential campaign. In the late 1990s, she worked at the Housing and Urban Development Department as a career employee. She is a graduate of Colgate University.

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