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Washington-Area Agencies Closed Wednesday

February 19, 2019 Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area will be closed Wednesday due to expected snow, the Office of Personnel Management announced Tuesday evening. The move came as forecasters were calling for a winter storm to hit the D.C. metro area Wednesday morning. Many local school systems had already announced that...

Bill Would Pay Shutdown-Affected Feds Interest on Back Wages

January 31, 2019 For the 800,000 federal workers who worked without pay or were furloughed during the 35-day shutdown that ended last Friday, the missed paychecks were more than an inconvenience. Many were forced to tap retirement accounts, move money from savings or investments, rack up credit card debt or take out loans...

DC-Area Agencies to Open Three Hours Late on Wednesday

January 29, 2019 Rain and snow, followed by plummeting temperatures in the Washington metropolitan area prompted the Office of Personnel Management to grant federal agencies a three-hour delayed opening on Wednesday. Employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. While snowfall ranged from only 1-to-3 inches, hazardous conditions were expected...

D.C. Area Agencies to Close 2 Hours Early Due to Possible Snow

January 29, 2019 Federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area are closing two hours early today due to an impending snow storm. Employees may request unscheduled leave if they need to get home even earlier, the Office of Personnel Management said. The storm is only expected to deliver an inch of snow, but...

OMB Asks Agencies to Prepare for 'Orderly Reopening'

January 25, 2019 The Trump administration's management chief on Friday directed the federal agencies that have been closed during the 35-day partial shutdown to prepare for "an orderly reopening." Office of Management and Budget Deputy Director for Management Margaret Weichert in a memo to agency heads told them to take steps in anticipation...

It's Official: Furloughed Feds Will Receive Back Pay Once the Shutdown Ends

January 16, 2019 President Trump on Wednesday signed into law a bill that guarantees about 350,000 furloughed federal employees back pay once the partial shutdown ends. The House and Senate last week passed the 2019 Government Employee Fair Treatment Act, which ensures back pay for furloughed workers and mandates that the roughly 500,000...

D.C. Area Agencies That Weren't Already Shuttered Will Close Monday Due to Snow

January 13, 2019 Federal employees in the Washington, D.C., area who weren't already home due to the partial shutdown will get a snow day on Monday. The Office of Personnel Management announced Sunday evening that federal offices in D.C. will be closed after the region received 8-12 inches of snow, with some additional...

Congressman to Feds: Shutdowns Are Just 'Part Of' Your Job

December 21, 2018 As a partial shutdown approaches that would affect hundreds of thousands of federal workers, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus said that public servants should have known this was part of their jobs when they were hired. According to The Washington Post, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., was asked...

Trump Gives Federal Employees Christmas Eve Off

December 18, 2018 President Trump issued an executive order Tuesday evening closing federal offices and excusing employees from duty on Dec. 24. Under the order, "the heads of executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must...

Quiz: What Happens to Your Pay and Benefits During a Shutdown?

December 17, 2018 Lawmakers have until Friday to figure out funding for federal agencies that have yet to receive full-year appropriations, or there will be a partial government shutdown. The shutdown would affect roughly 850,000 federal employees working at unfunded agencies, and about 345,000 of them would be furloughed, according to a Government...