Berry: Decision about Monday by Super Bowl kickoff
Office of Personnel Management Director John Berry said he plans to convene a conference call with local, state and federal officials on Sunday around 3 p.m. and hopes to announce his decision about Monday's operating status before the Super Bowl's kickoff.
Berry makes the final decision on when to open or close District area federal offices due to the weather or other events. He declared mission accomplished on Friday afternoon after the Obama administration's first early dismissal of Washington-area federal employees.
"My goal was to have the city essentially evacuated by 2 p.m. and I was watching carefully and I walked home at 3:30 p.m. to verify for myself, and basically the city was empty," Berry said. The White House even called to give him an "attaboy" for coordinating a safe half workday, Berry said.
Officials estimate that closing Washington-area federal offices costs taxpayers roughly $100 million in lost operation and opportunity costs, part of the reason Berry decided to keep federal offices open Friday with unscheduled leave policy and an early dismissal.
"I'm sure there would have been taxpayers concerned that we closed offices when there wasn't any snow on the ground," he said. "That said, we wanted to ensure the safety of our employees."
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| February 5, 2010; 6:17 PM ET
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