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Unscheduled Leave for Washington-Area Federal Employees

By Ed O'Keefe

Washington-area Federal offices are open today under an unscheduled or "liberal leave" policy, meaning employees who cannot report for work can request unscheduled leave for the entire work day.

Employees have to notify their supervisors of their decision to take unscheduled leave.

The Office of Personnel Management decides when to alter employee work schedules due to the weather or other events.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | January 28, 2009; 5:43 AM ET
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Mr. O'Keefe, I read this article about unscheduled leave, but I see no date on the article. I assume that you mean this pertains to 1/28/09?

What would be a real good question is how, why and who decided to allow OPM to control employees around the area? When I was working as a fed employee at Ft Belvoir, we obeyed OPM decisions about leave and closings. I am now at Patuxent River, MD (still considered within the DC region), but the commander assumes the decisions, not OPM. And believe me, this commander wouldn't close the base if his life was on the line. Ft Belvoir is military and has a base commander, but OPM over-rides his decisions. Figure that one out!

Posted by: darmar40 | January 28, 2009 6:54 AM | Report abuse

Hey darmar40 -- it's Ed "The Eye" O'Keefe.

I wrote about how OPM makes its weather decisions back in December. Read the item here: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/federal-eye/2008/11/nuts_and_bolts_when_bad_weathe.html

Posted by: Ed O'Keefe | January 28, 2009 10:36 AM | Report abuse

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