Federal government open on Wednesday
Washington-area federal government offices will operate as normal on Wednesday, according to sources at the Office of Personnel Management.
Amid record December snowfall, OPM closed Washington-area federal offices on Monday and mandated unscheduled leave for Tuesday. Wednesday will likely be the only full day of work for most federal workers since Thursday is already scheduled to be a half day for Christmas Eve and Friday is a federal holiday.
OPM historically does not issue a formal advisory when it plans to reopen and operate on a normal schedule and the agency plans to honor that precedence, sources said. OPM's operating status page should revert back to normal later tonight.
Closing D.C.-area offices again on Wednesday could have cost taxpayers at least $300 million in lost productivity and opportunity costs over the three-day stretch that started Monday.
OPM Director John Berry recently estimated that the government loses roughly $100 million each day that D.C.-area offices are closed due to the weather. Berry decides when to close District-area federal offices and federal executive boards make the decision in other parts of the country.
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| December 22, 2009; 4:33 PM ET
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