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After four days away, federal workers report a frightful commute

By Ed O'Keefe

Updated 2:12 p.m.
Federal workers who attempted to get to the office on Friday morning faced poorly plowed roads, lengthy backups and then, most nerve-wracking of all, a Metro derailment in downtown Washington.

Dr. Gridlock, Robert Thomson, wrote early this morning on The Post's Get There blog to expect a more difficult commute than normal. That warning proved apt.

The lucky ones said their trip in took only slightly longer than normal, but others said their 20-minute commutes took more than two hours.

David Hafera of Germantown said it took him three and a half hours to get to his downtown office, a commute that involved carpooling to Bethesda and walking a long, snowy trail around the gate at the National Institutes of Health to get into the Medical Center station. He finally got a Metro train downtown, only to run into delays behind the derailment, forcing him to walk from Dupont Circle to 13th and G Streets NW.

A House staffer said it took him 90 minutes in a taxi to get from the Arlington County court house to Capitol Hill. It took another reader 45 minutes to get from Rhode Island and Eastern Avenues NE to 23rd and N Street NW in downtown Washington.

The most problematic areas appeared to be the 14th Street Bridge, areas near the U.S. Capitol, and roads between Rockville and the Medical Center Metro station. The entire Metro rail system also came in for plenty of complaints.

Several faulted Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry for calling government workers back downtown after four straight snow days. The skies are clear today, but the transportation system appeared less than ready for the influx of people.

"I am unsure why the government opened when many people still can not get out," said Labor Department employee Sandra Hamlett. "In addition, to use a lot of power to heat up the buildings for one day is crazy."

"The director’s decision to open the federal government offices in the greater Washington D.C. area on Friday can only be described as ignorant," said Virginia resident Herb Drake.

"I'm shocked at how terrible L'Enfant Plaza is, considering there are lots of federal buildings around here," said reader Katie Strangis. "Some sidewalks have not been touched, and the road connecting 395 to the plaza has not been plowed AT ALL."

“I am handicapped and I usually park in front of the federal building where I work, and as always, they had piled all the snow from the street close to the curb and this building NEVER shovels the snow so people can access the sidewalk to the building from the street parking," said a Transportation Department employee who asked not to be identified.

“Today's Metro morning derailment speaks volumes about the OPM erring on the side of caution in any snow storm and its aftermath," said Steven Jay, a Department of Health and Human Services employee who lives in Frederick. "Their four days of wise judgment was derailed by a bad decision by not shutting down the entire federal government today.”

(The Federal Eye has asked for comment from OPM. If and when it arrives we'll add it here.)

Despite the poor conditions, some were happy to suit up and get out of the house.

"It really didn't matter how difficult it was to get here. I just couldn't sit there at home in front of the TV another minute," said Government Printing Office employee Betty Jones. "I now can recite the name of every church, synagogue, pre-school, college, university, and charter school in D.C., Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia."

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 12, 2010; 1:20 PM ET
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Cue those yelling "Poor, poor feds! What a bunch of losers/deadbeats/lazy jerks" in 3....2.....1

Posted by: Handsome_John_Pruitt | February 12, 2010 1:41 PM | Report abuse

I hated to stay home another day, but I knew the transportation system was just too fragile for me to trust it today. I used the unscheduled leave option and was thankful to at least get that. Sadly, my office has a 'no telecommuting' policy, so I didn't have that option.

Posted by: --sg | February 12, 2010 1:43 PM | Report abuse

These snow storms are a result of God humbling Obama for being pompus, a false profit and leading us down the path to being a God-less nation.

Obama must stop now, learn to be humble in the face of God and his will and this will all stop. Until he does that God's wrath will continue to be directed at him and his God-less minions.

Posted by: LoJankFilDee19338333 | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

We all got to the Huntington Metro this morning around 7:00 as the TV and website said they were open. But, they weren't. Further, the station operator sat in his little booth and wouldn't even come out and talk to us and tell us what was going on. He just ignored us. And they want to raise fares? Fire him and and leave the fares alone.

Posted by: pmw1 | February 12, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it. 60% of that time, that works everytime.

Posted by: biffgrifftheoneandonly | February 12, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

LoJank - STFU.

This federal worker is glad my compressed day off fell on this day of ridiculous decisions by OPM and Metro acting as unreliably as usual.

However, I logged in and worked for two hours from home on my day off. Those critical of federal workers can do the same as LoJank.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 12, 2010 1:56 PM | Report abuse

There were plenty claiming that Friday should be given off

Looks like they were correct

Cue Ed's $100M line in 4....3....2.....1....

Posted by: Bious | February 12, 2010 1:58 PM | Report abuse

The commute today was not only slow but dangerous. To say that MoCo roads are abysmal is an understatement. Disappearing lanes, half lanes, snow covered lanes, abandoned vehicles - we have it all (as do most other jurisdictions I am sure). Not that feds are "better" than other people but we are a huge contributor to the daily traffic. To have taken us out of the mix for one more day might have given the crews a chance to make some improvements. Now it may be hopeless until spring.

Posted by: jackdmom | February 12, 2010 2:02 PM | Report abuse

"Ignorant" is the pefect word for what John Berry did today. I spent a good 40 minutes moving about 3/4 a mile on new hampshire and had to turn around when I realized it would take about 2 hours to get into the office. What's worse is that if we didn't make it in today, then we have to take the full tour of unscheduled leave instead of getting the 2 hours. The delayed opening and 2 hours comped is only for the people who made it in. IGNORANT TO SAY THE LEAST.

Posted by: Alfy2009 | February 12, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

Opening today was a really bad decision. The roads and public transportation systems can bearly handle all of the commuters into DC in good conditions. Given the metro delays, closed metro stations, and only partially cleared roads and sidewalks, what did they think would happen this morning? Also, this decision seems especially unfair to people with physical disabilities. I stayed home and used personal leave rather than mess with the commute.

Posted by: foremank | February 12, 2010 2:03 PM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian, LoJank is so ignorant, he/she probably doesn't know what STFU means. But I applaud your comment.

Posted by: ctnickel | February 12, 2010 2:06 PM | Report abuse

It was academic for us. We couldn't up our street because it was covered with ice.

Posted by: Tenmile1 | February 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

Terrible call to reopen today. Good point about the expense of heating the buildings for one day, then closing for three. I didn't go in, and glad I didn't try given the horror stories. Street still unplowed in Silver Spring - ridiculous. Dug out anyway for first time since Tuesday and risked hitting all the parked cars still buried on both sides of the street.

Posted by: faygokid | February 12, 2010 2:07 PM | Report abuse

anarcho-liberal-tarian

You are a typical liberal, god-less jerk. Why take the time to tell someone to stop sharing their opinion? Typical of all the communist liberals here in the area - you are all for freedom until that freedom is something you dont agree with.

You would probably be happy living in Russia in 1982.

Why dont you "STFU" and keep working from home while ciritizing roads you havent driven on and people who work MUCH harder than you.

Enjoy sucking off your grant or whatever free money some idiot gives you spew blather.

Yes the federal goverment should have been closed today. However, the workers in this city are working very hard to clear massive ammounts of snow, they have to prioritize and the snow has to go somewhere.

This weather is still God punishing Obama for being a true fool.

Posted by: LoJankFilDee19338333 | February 12, 2010 2:09 PM | Report abuse

I can't believe the nerve of some federal workers! You got a four-day snowcation and yet you complain for another freebie. If you disagreed with OPM's decision to open the government why don't you use your good ol' fashion leave? Has anyone noticed the government is facing a huge deficit? The sense of entitlement that some government workers have is just PATHETIC. Imagine if Giant, Safeway, restaurants, hospitals, hotels, etc shut down for four straight days what would happen............

Posted by: TTeriffic | February 12, 2010 2:10 PM | Report abuse

When I heard the Govt was open my first thought was...where is everyone going to park? Even if only half the work force showed up, where are we going to park? I expected the delays only because I ventured out yesterday and saw how badly the snow removal process was managed. I agree with a comment made above concerning the cost to heat up all the Federal buildings for one day....asinine.

Posted by: ricster19631 | February 12, 2010 2:12 PM | Report abuse

+You are a typical liberal, god-less jerk.+

Hahaha! Now, now, LoJankFilDee, that's not a very Christian attitude.

Posted by: chunche | February 12, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

TTeriffic has it absolutely right. If you can't get to work, use your leave. I had to use vacation time this week when I couldn't get to work. Wasn't happy about it, but that's life in the private sector. At least I had it better than people who don't have vacation/leave time and don't get paid when they don't work.

Posted by: Junior3 | February 12, 2010 2:16 PM | Report abuse

Federal workers who attempted to get to the office on Friday morning faced poorly plowed roads, lengthy backups and then, most nerve-wracking of all, a Metro derailment in downtown Washington.???????

Then quit and get a job in the private sector. They somehow make it into work.

Posted by: wesatch | February 12, 2010 2:17 PM | Report abuse

OPM caved to criticism and political pressure rather than looking to the safety of ALL of us. For those of us in private business, such as myself, the influx of Federal workers totally exacerbated an already difficult commuting situation. This decision put everyone at higher risk for accident, injury, and lost time at work from having to contend with super clogged roads, etc. It was quite obvious to me last night that the commute for most people would be a nightmare. Even inside the beltway in MoCo, where I live, there were still sidestreets that had yet to see a plow and main avenues had, at best, two of three lanes open. I also fail to see how having workers come in late, and some taking 2 or more hours to commute due to the poor conditions - making them even later - and who will most certainly leave at five for another 2+ hour commute back served any purpose other than to show that OPM is inept and either illinformed or ignorant of actual conditions. I am sure that after all is said and done, the Federal workers who braved this whole thing maybe spent three to five hours at work. John Berry qualifies as a moron for this decision.

Posted by: fwillyhess | February 12, 2010 2:20 PM | Report abuse

Berry opened the government after Metro announced massively limited service and major stations closed.

The only way the commute would work today would have been if 99% of federal workers decided to stay home. Anything less and you have chaos.

This was obvious and known last night.

It's time for him to go.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 12, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Yeah, we private sector folks somehow made it into work...but my commute took 4 hours and 20 minutes. With NO public transportation options from anywhere north of DC, it was sorta ill-advised for the gummint to open.

Posted by: genericgayman | February 12, 2010 2:24 PM | Report abuse

If you think that L'Enfant Plaza looked bad, try living on a side street in the District, still looking for the first hint of a plow . . . 15th Street - barely 4 blocks from the Mayor's residence, hasn't been touched by DC snow removal equipment. When local taxpayer dollars aren't been spent on THEIR streets, how can the federal employees from outside the District have the gall to complain???

Posted by: ConcernedMumsie | February 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

You should be thankful that you are employed at all and that the federal government has the ability and will to excuse you from work at all.

Posted by: gavink | February 12, 2010 2:26 PM | Report abuse

Okay 2 complaints. How hard is it to shovel sidwalks? Seriously!? As much as I enjoy walking down the middle of a busy street in rush hour, or hurtling an 8 foot snowbank, maybe just a little walkway?

And second - what is with running trains 30 minutes apart during rush hour and claiming metro is operational? Metro claims a 30 minute gap is due to a reduced speed limit? I may not be a rocket surgeon, but how does a 35mph speed limit on metro mean trains are now 30 minutes apart rather than the usual 3 minutes?

Posted by: Stef4 | February 12, 2010 2:34 PM | Report abuse

And still no updates or alerts from Metro on the red line. We have to rely on the news media to find out what is happening.

Posted by: hlipow | February 12, 2010 2:35 PM | Report abuse

Has anyone from the media tried to get a comment from OPM today on this mess?? You would think that is the first thing a reporter would try to do...

Posted by: skaterman2297 | February 12, 2010 2:36 PM | Report abuse

LoJank - If you think God has the time to control the weather to punish Obama, nothing anyone else says can make you appear rational. God left 2000 years ago and hasn't looked back.

Posted by: anarcho-liberal-tarian | February 12, 2010 2:37 PM | Report abuse

The University of Maryland-College Park was closed again today, in large part due to worries about the state of public transit and commuters living in unplowed areas. I was a bit surprised when I first got the notice, but it seems to have been a very wise decision. Odd that the campus administration understood these issues but OPM apparently did not.

Posted by: harbeh | February 12, 2010 2:39 PM | Report abuse

The real problem, as the post correctly suggested, is that agencies have not transitioned to a telecommuting policy.
Many federal workers can perform their jobs at home. This would reduce traffic subtantially all year long. Other costs (transit subsidies, large office space, and heating/cooling) would fall also.

Posted by: JunePrincess | February 12, 2010 2:43 PM | Report abuse

So long as two lane roads are reduced to one lane roads; not all metro stations are open; and metro trains are running on a non-rush hour schedule during rush hour, it's absurd to ask nonteleworkers to return to work. The regions roads and rails simply aren't ready for everyone to return yet.

Posted by: Bethesda4268 | February 12, 2010 2:44 PM | Report abuse

The Federal Goverment is functionally dependent on Metro to get its workforce to the office. With Metro at diminished capacity, there simply is no alternative for moving that many people. Our road net is maxed out on a good day, but with the conditions, it's not up to capacity today either, so overall gridlock was inevitable.

Some of the comments here about lazy federal workers and $100M a day snowcations are just offensive. I spent most the days off teleworking, or shoveling cars out so I could get back to the office once it reopened. The work has piled up, and will still get done. We'll work longer hours to get it done, and in the end, the impact will be the same as if the days off never happened. The idea that the government is "losing" $100M a day is nonsense.

Posted by: Ron5 | February 12, 2010 2:49 PM | Report abuse

The decision to open should have been based upon the state of public transportation and roads/parking options, not the fact that the sun would be shining today. By caving to public pressure, OPM created this mess.

Now, rather than having an excellent chance of being fully operational by the end of the holiday weekend, even with a new snowstorm possibly arriving Monday, we have an epic commuting disaster even before the evening commute and holiday weekend travel traffic.

It seems obvious OPM made a bet that most people would burn leave, since schools were closed and transportation options were limited. They lost that gamble. Some of us don't have leave available, because we are new federal employees. We had no choice today.

Was it worth it?

Posted by: homeschool4joy | February 12, 2010 2:51 PM | Report abuse

I"m interested in knowing where the director of OPM lives and hegot to work today. Many of the roads still remain unplowed, and lanes of traffic are cut to one lane in many cases.

It amazes me how many people, not necessarily feds, moan and groan over the fact that the federal government offices were closed--if they only knew!

And to add insult to injury, the temperature of the building where I work is probably just as cold as the outside temperature - when did they turn the heat on, this morning? Did they expect it to get warm in only a few hours?

I believe OPM was embarassed over the fact they had to close the federal agencies down for 4 days, and just couldn't keep the offices closed for one more day -- that's really going to make a difference.

So much for government for the people!!!!!!

Posted by: blessingsalways | February 12, 2010 2:53 PM | Report abuse

It was a horrible decision. Metro was overwhelmed yesterday without the 100,000 or more federal employees on the system. It's nothing to do with federal employees not wanting to go to work, but whether or not transit and the roads can handle that much capacity. A large number of employers also use the federal operating status to make their decisions, as well. My office has been teleworking all week long, and I suspect a good number of federal employees are doing the same.

Posted by: fedemp1 | February 12, 2010 2:56 PM | Report abuse

Poor John Berry...He took abuse all week for shutting down and I'm sure Metro and the surrounding counties overestimated their readiness for this morning's commute. He was either pressured to open from above, or flat out lied to during last night's teleconference. Hopefully, we'll learn from today's consequences moving forward...

Posted by: a_fed_at_home | February 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

They should get rid of the snow before they send people out there. My street has not been plowed in Cleveland Park. One block from Connecticut which is a busy business area--grocery store, post office etc. The intersections are a muck that everybody is getting stuck in. The sidewalks are ice packs. There are piles of snow everywhere. No place for sensible people to walk, and what we need with all those cars on the street and the police ticketing them I don't know. When the sidewalks are shoveled, cars dug out, and streets plowed, then let people go back out there. The trucks can't get to the grocery stores to re-stock them.

This was an exception storm and we have to learn to let nature take its course. Man cannot prevail against a blizzard without waiting and being patience. Hurrying it up on the theory that its costing money is irrational.

Posted by: observator1000 | February 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

It just annoys me that people toy around with this bullcrap because they're trying to save face. It's absurd. if you want to save face, how about cutting spending $1B on contracts to blackwater's prositutues. It's so dumb that they keep saying we're losing 100M each day in lost productivity when it costs just that much to reheat, re-electrify and give people 2 hours off on a day that is low traffic anyway. What where they thinking? Seriously, what is wrong with this guy? So many better ways to save face.

Posted by: Alfy2009 | February 12, 2010 2:57 PM | Report abuse

I'm glad they went to work. Federal workers are such jackasses. I called up my least favorite agencies, IRS, EPA, FDA, and called them all kinds of names to welcome them back. A-holes.

Posted by: FridayKnight | February 12, 2010 2:58 PM | Report abuse

For anyone who has attempted to commute into the city after a snowstorm, much of this was entirely predictable. Get up earlier, get on the road earlier, be prepared to get off a few stops early and walk, and you'll get in earlier. That is the solution.

Posted by: oldabandonedbeachhouse | February 12, 2010 3:11 PM | Report abuse

It's time to pull the plug on the 3 Stooges:Berry,Fenty & Rhee.

Posted by: exitstage-left | February 12, 2010 3:12 PM | Report abuse

I support Director Berry's decision to allow feds up to 2 hours of administrative leave to get to work this morning. While certainly not everyone had a "normal" commute and there were delays, the fact is that the subway was up and running (though delayed between trains) for the most part and there were buses running (again, not every route was up and running this morning). If you wait until everything is "perfect" before having people come to work, no one would ever have to show up for work. Berry based his decision on information provided by surrounding city and transportation officials, and I believe he erred on the side of caution when it was appropriate to do so.

Posted by: BillD4 | February 12, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

I was glad to get back to work as I have a ton to do (contrary to popular belief, we feds haven't actually saved ourselves any work by being off the last 4 days, instead we will spend tonight/the weekend/late nights next week doing all the work that would have been done then). However, metro was a disaster--hopping the S1 bus from Adams Morgan to Foggy Bottom, I was inexplicably told when it got to K Street that everyone would have to get off at 16th St. I then stood @ the bus stop as three more S1's passed later, and asked each one where it was going--and got THREE different answers. Metro couldn't even decide where to terminate their bus routes, it was apparently every bus operator for themselves. Ridiculous not to warn people if a bus route would be terminating that far from it's usual end point (Potomac Park), and even more ridiculous to not standardize that new end point. Eventually, I gave up on metro entirely and walked the rest of the way. Metro seriously needs to get their act together.

Posted by: Eleiana | February 12, 2010 3:15 PM | Report abuse

Commute from Harpers Ferry to Capitol Hill, usually 80 minutes on train with a ten minute walk at each end, was next to impossible today due to Brunswick Line Marc trains not running at all. Route 340 is closed so driving was not an option, and if one had chosen to drive over the mountain and go through Northern Virginia, adding to the traffic there, where would one park on Capitol Hill today? Annoying to use vacation time for this, but more sensible than spending four hours or more traveling each way.

Posted by: orvillec | February 12, 2010 3:17 PM | Report abuse

LoJank--

I assume you mean PROPHET. For someone who throws the word "God" around like that, you sure seem to lack even the most fundamental and basic knowledge of religious terminology that even I, a Godless Secular, have been able to spell since I was 6 or 7. Maybe you should repeat K-8. And pick up a bible sometime. Or do all the big words confuse you?

Posted by: jessy2 | February 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Again, people blaming federal workers for the snow is not very smart. And, it's not our fault that the roads aren't clear or Metro working. OPM has a long history of keeping feds home during bad weather conditions. The idea is safety, not money. Or people who hate feds or love to rag on us. OPM rolled the dice today, so far no one has been hurt, etc, but the fact they rolled dice shows they passed on the safety issue. I really think local gov't should have done more to get streets cleared, sidewalks and metro bus stations shovled and such. In the old days, they just hired people to come in a shovel snow for a day or two. And, to those folks out there taking potshots at feds, KMA.

Posted by: ideabook | February 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

Metro had more than one problem today, and as usual the passengers weren't told much. I entered Eastern Market Metro a few minutes after 8:00. Trains that came through infrequently were jammed full. I finally got on a train a little after 8:30. I made it to Capitol South (one stop) where we came to a complete stop. At 9:00, I exited the train, caught one in the other direction, and returned home. Metro wasn't ready again today. Good ridance to Catoe, and Jim Graham has been a failure as well.

Posted by: LayneD | February 12, 2010 3:21 PM | Report abuse

John Berry clearly made the wrong decision. He cannot allow the Teabaggers and Fox News to dictate when to open federal offices. Like it or not, half the federal workforce uses Metro to get to work. With Metro announcing last night that a number of above ground stations would be closed and trains would be running every 20-30 minutes, what was he thinking? Perhaps the federal government should take over Metro, so that it is properly funded. The two main users of it seem to be federal workers and out of town tourist who want to see the downtown sites.

Posted by: commonsense10 | February 12, 2010 3:24 PM | Report abuse

its really difficult to believe that there are folks out there still think communists are a threat. (will I guess there is Cuba). and there are folks that would actually write that God gets involved in politics.. i.e. God did the snow bacause of some govt action. Who ever thinks this is WAY on the right of the Tea Potty folks. Only in American

Posted by: ron1242 | February 12, 2010 3:25 PM | Report abuse

"These snow storms are a result of God humbling Obama for being pompus, a false profit and leading us down the path to being a God-less nation.

Obama must stop now, learn to be humble in the face of God and his will and this will all stop. Until he does that God's wrath will continue to be directed at him and his God-less minions.

Posted by: LoJankFilDee19338333 | February 12, 2010 1:48 PM"

Screw God and screw you.

Posted by: solsticebelle | February 12, 2010 3:29 PM | Report abuse

Some of the problem my friends is the phony telecommuting policy of the Federal Government. At the Dept of State their IT Department has installed infrastructure that provides excellent, secure, remote access for Government employees, but not contractors. The comments of our Office COTR sums up the attitude of middle management “I would certainly like to telecommute from the beach instead of coming to work”. Most of government work involves information collaboration and manipulation. This work can be conducted over the Internet from just about anywhere on the planet, but pin heads like our COTR and some upper management continue to stonewall the wide use of telecommunications technology. Are you listening Secretary Clinton? This also goes for surface transportation in the Washington area, where the Bush administration did it’s best to derail the extension of Metro to Dulles because they wanted the entire project to be leased out to a private company. Thank god the Airport Authority stepped in to take over the project.

Posted by: bernard211 | February 12, 2010 3:33 PM | Report abuse

I'm a fed who was fortunate enough to telework today. But it is truly unsafe out there and I feel bad for anyone who is forced to take leave or travel into the office. The bottomline should be people's lives, not profit or productivity. Although I realize not everyone is fortunate enough to telework or take leave, it doesn't justify calling fed workers dumb, lazy, or whatever else some of these bloggers have named us.

Posted by: emvs01 | February 12, 2010 3:42 PM | Report abuse

Thank you to all of the nonessential employees who decided to go in today and helped Metro rape those who actually had to be there.

Posted by: fireball72 | February 12, 2010 4:12 PM | Report abuse

FridayKnight wrote: I'm glad they went to work. Federal workers are such jackasses. I called up my least favorite agencies, IRS, EPA, FDA, and called them all kinds of names to welcome them back. A-holes

Wow, you are so cool and clever. You showed them. I had a friend who did something like that once and we got a big laugh out of it - we were in the 3rd grade. You are the jackass.

Posted by: gohogs | February 12, 2010 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Actually, I thought the guy making that comment was in the third grade...

Posted by: Tenmile1 | February 12, 2010 5:24 PM | Report abuse

As a private sector worker, I would have been very pleased to see OPM shut down the federal government again today. It would have made things a lot safer for those who had to get downtown. Nor would it have cost the government any $100 million, since many of those supposedly "lazy" federal employees would have worked from home, as they have all week.

Posted by: lydgate | February 12, 2010 7:31 PM | Report abuse

I'm a fed and had a rougher than normal commute but I made it and put in 12 hours. The first part of what I said is the most important. I'm a fed. I choose to be a federal employee and feel I have a duty, responsibility and obligation to serve. Berry did the right thing. Stop whining people and get to work.

Posted by: TGBIG | February 13, 2010 3:00 PM | Report abuse

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