DC Area Government Offices Closed Monday

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By on March 2, 2014 in Current Events with 1 Comment

Federal government offices in the Washington, DC metropolitan area will be closed on Monday, March 3, 2014 due to winter weather conditions. OPM notes that  emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency’s policies, including written telework agreements.

A winter storm warning is in effect for the Washington area from midnight through 6 p.m. Monday. The National Weather Service is predicting that 6 to 10 inches of snow is possible. Forecasters say rain will change to freezing rain and sleet overnight. Then heavy snow will fall through Monday.

Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:

  • required to telework,
  • on official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area,
  • on leave without pay, or
  • on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.

Telework-Ready Employees who are scheduled to perform telework on the effective day of the announcement or who are required to perform telework on a day when Federal offices are closed must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.

Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

It has been a rough winter for the federal government which has closed or delayed opening of government offices on a number of occasions during this winter season. Here are the closures so far during this winter season.


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