Government Open in Washington, DC Despite Forecast of Snow

By on February 3, 2014 in Current Events with 9 Comments

For those readers who follow the weather and opening or closing of the federal government in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, the federal government is scheduled to open on time this morning (Monday, February 4, 2014). That will surprise some as the forecast on Accuweather today for the area reads: “Cloudy and much colder; rain changing to snow this morning followed by snow early this afternoon”.

The reason that the federal government remaining open may be something of a surprise is that the government has delayed opening or just closed down with some regularity this winter in the District of Columbia metropolitan area. Here is the record so far:

January 22, 2014
Open – 2 hours Delayed Arrival – With Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework
January 21, 2014
Federal Offices are Closed – Emergency and Telework-ready Employees Must Follow Their Agency’s Policies
January 3, 2014
Open with Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework
December 10, 2013
Federal Offices are Closed – Emergency and Telework-ready Employees Must Follow Their Agency’s Policies
December 9, 2013
Open – 2 hours Delayed Arrival – With Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework
November 26, 2013
Open with Option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework

So, if any readers are hoping to go to work late today without having to take any annual leave or sick leave, or were hoping to stay in bed for much of the day without having to worry about the work-a-day world, this news is not good. For those who were just wondering or looking forward to making the trip into work, plan on getting to work on time according to the Office of Personnel Management which posted this information: “Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area areĀ OPEN. Employees are expected to report to their worksite or begin telework on time.”

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Ralph Smith has several decades of experience working with federal human resources issues. He has written extensively on a full range of human resources topics in books and newsletters and is a co-founder of two companies and several newsletters onĀ federal human resources.

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