Eye Opener: Feds get 1/2 day on Christmas Eve
Happy Monday! (Unless you're Silvio Berlusconi?) Federal workers got an early Christmas present from President Obama late on Friday, when he ordered an extra half-day of vacation starting at midday on Christmas Eve.
As he usually does with such personnel matters, Obama's order notes that agency heads can determine if certain offices must remain open or if certain employees needs to work a full day next Thursday.
Presidents traditionally give employees an extra day of vacation when Christmas falls on Tuesday or Thursday, notes Tom Shoop of Government Executive.
Shoop also notes that last year George W. Bush ordered agencies closed on Friday Dec. 26, giving most government workers a four day holiday. In 2002 when Christmas fell on a Wednesday, Bush gave federal workers a half day of vacation on the day before.
Obama's move mirrors a similar decision made by Bill Clinton in 1998, when Christmas Eve fell on a Thursday.
Will Obama's half-day of vacation will make up for next year's 2 percent civilian pay raise -- an increase that has upset some federal workers?
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