Christmas Eve and the Federal Employee

What is the status of the petition filed with the White House to give federal employees an extra holiday on December 24th?

A couple of weeks ago, we published an article entitled Do You Want Christmas Eve Off This Year?

The article noted that a petition had been filed on the White House website which noted that “Giving federal employees an extra holiday on December 24th, 2012 would be a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce.” 25,000 people have to sign the petition in order to receive a response from the administration.

Several readers have written in to ask about the status of the petition and, presumably, wanting to know if they will receive a paid holiday on December 24th this year.

Here is an update: First, we do not know if federal employees will be given a day off with pay on December 24th. If President Obama decides to issue an executive order on this issue, we will be sure to let our readers know as soon as the information is available.

Second, as of 9:30 AM EST on December 16th, over 23,350 people have signed the petition. This means the petition is still about 1600 short of the required 25,000 necessary to receive a response. Of course, the response could come after December 24th in any event.

About the Author

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 on federal human resources. Follow Ralph on Twitter: @RalphSmith47