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Posted at 10:36 AM ET, 12/15/2010

Federal leave for severe weather revamped

By Ed O'Keefe

With temperatures plummeting and flurries spotted across the Washington area in recent days, the Obama administration is mandating that the government allow more federal employees to telework during severe weather.

The revamping of the federal leave policy aims to accommodate the thousands of federal employees in the Washington area who must report for work regardless of the weather. The changes account for a new federal law requiring the wider use of teleworking.

Officials with the Office of Personnel Management, the National Weather Service, the Federal Emergency Management Agency and regional and state government offices announced the changes Wednesday morning.

Read the rest of this story at the Federal Eye blog...

By Ed O'Keefe  | December 15, 2010; 10:36 AM ET
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As far as snow goes here, one flake or flurry should mean "all offices closed"...or at least that's the way our local school systems behave! [Up in Wisconsin it takes 4-8 inches before a decision on school closing is made.]

Perhaps the ease of teleworking will lead to a more rational process on the decision whether to put scads of commuters on the road.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | December 15, 2010 1:01 PM | Report abuse

As a Fed, I'm really glad that this administration keeps leaning on the agencies to allow more telework. Too many permit it on paper but discourage it in practice. Maybe a few successful snow days will loosen things up and lead to some real routine telework opportunities - at least for me!

Posted by: --sg | December 15, 2010 5:15 PM | Report abuse

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