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Feds urged to telework during nuclear summit

By Ed O'Keefe

Officials are urging nonessential federal workers who work in downtown Washington to take leave, telework or work at an alternate site in the suburbs Monday and Tuesday when President Obama's big nuclear safety summit is expected to tie up downtown traffic.

Federal agencies will open and operate as normal on Monday, but the Office of Personnel Management is encouraging federal bosses to grant flexibility and time off if workers feel they won't be able to make it into work in a timely manner.

"Employees who must report to work sites in downtown Washington, D.C., will likely need to allow extra time for travel to and from work whether by private vehicle or public transportation," OPM Director John Berry said in a memo to federal human resources officials on Wednesday night.

Berry also urged workers to carpool and use public transportation if they don't normally take the bus or subway.

And if agencies can't grant those flexibilities, Berry said nonessential workers may request annual leave, leave without pay, or burn off other earned time off.

Next week's nuclear meetings will create the largest security curtain since President Obama's inauguration, starting Sunday evening around the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The meetings will detour 13 bus routes, cause Metro's Green and Yellow line trains to bypass the Mount Vernon Square Metro station and shut down portions of New York and Massachusetts avenues.

Residents living near the convention center will have to show photo ID to reach their homes, and they and their guests -- and anything they are carrying -- will be screened, according to the Secret Service.

So with temperatures expected in the high 60s next Monday and Tuesday, will you take days off or work through the commuter headaches?

Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | April 8, 2010; 8:35 AM ET
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Can we just run the marathon, light the X-mas tree, look at the cherrie blossoms, and hold these conferences/rallies (IMF, Nuclear, abortion) and every other event that closes down roads in a city with horrible public transportation and insufficient roads all during one week each year between Christmas and New Year's when nobody in coming to work anyway?

Posted by: justanotherguy | April 8, 2010 8:59 AM | Report abuse

Just close the government. It won't make that much of a difference.

Posted by: fireball72 | April 8, 2010 11:43 AM | Report abuse

Yes, by all means, close the government. That way the idiots that make ill-informed, closed-minded blanket accusations can feel satisfaction in their sanctimoniousness, and those of us who work VERY HARD, EVERY DAY for the US Government can get a much-needed break from our 12 hour days with no time to take lunch, let alone make it home to dinner on time. Everybody wins!

Posted by: PerfectlyCromulent64 | April 8, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

Workin' so hard, whining about your subjects at 3:35pm. Yeah. You're probably not even awake 12 hours a day.

Posted by: fireball72 | April 8, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

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