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USDA building damaged by fire closed Tuesday

By Ed O'Keefe

About 1,300 U.S. Agriculture Department workers will enjoy a fourth consecutive day away from the office on Tuesday due to a fire at their Maryland offices.

The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service center in Riverdale, Md. will be closed Tuesday due to a small electrical fire at the site over the weekend. Damage to the building, located at 4700 River Road in Riverdale, was not significant, USDA said.

"Under the agency's continuity of operations plan, those employees able to work from home are authorized to do so," read a statement on the office's Web site. "Those who are not equipped to telework are authorized administrative leave for the day."

Officials plan to assess damage to the building's telecommunications equipment on Tuesday and finish cleaning the damage. No word yet on if or when the office will open later this week.

Most federal employees had Monday off thanks to the Columbus Day federal holiday.

The USDA blaze means two D.C.-area federal buildings have been damaged by fire in less than a week. Commerce Department employees assigned to its headquarters in downtown Washington took administrative leave or teleworked last Friday due to a blaze that damaged the building's third floor.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | October 11, 2010; 7:08 PM ET
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I used to work in that building as an APHIS employee and little work was/is done when the building is open!! It's a haven for lycra and big hair. And, in the building's cafe, they used to sell condoms along with your soup and sandwich. No kidding.

I wonder if they still have the Saturday morning bus hauling the women to Waldorf for their weekly hair appointments...

Posted by: rpcv84 | October 11, 2010 8:45 PM | Report abuse

government workers just steal from the american taxpayer and should be ashamed of themselves.

Posted by: COOLCHILLY | October 11, 2010 11:21 PM | Report abuse

@rpcv84 what are you talking about. It unfortunate you have not worked for APHIS in a long time because your experience is no longer in affect as things have change since you been there. Lets all pray that no one was injured in the fire and that everything is taken care of before workers re-enter the building.

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Posted by: itkonlyyou316 | October 12, 2010 9:50 AM | Report abuse

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delivery is free.
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Posted by: itkonlyyou316 | October 12, 2010 9:51 AM | Report abuse

@rpcv84- For someone who USED to work there, you act like you have knowledge of what IS happening there.

@COOLCHILLY- I could say the same about welfare recipients, former college students who don't pay their loans, food stamp collectors, etc. The last time I checked federal taxes are pulled from a government employees paycheck. Guess that means most are paying themselves to work Mon-Fri, work crappy hours, be on call even when on vacation, and still have to work a second job because private sector government contractors still get paid 3x as much- cost of living sucks in DC not that Senators/Congressmen worry about costs. So which one are you? Livelong welfare recipient, college grad who refuses to pay-up, or private sector whiner?

Posted by: devilsadvocate3 | October 12, 2010 9:58 AM | Report abuse

1st commenter sounds like he/she doesn't even know the current location of the APHIS building, let alone anything about the work ethic of the people employed with APHIS now. And 2nd commenter, plenty of work that APHIS does is pay-for-service. The people using the service I provide pay my salary, it doesn't come out of general tax funds. And believe it or not, there are people using govt. services who *want* the govt. to provide that service. They actually see value in it. Crazy world, huh?

Posted by: trichobezoar | October 12, 2010 12:38 PM | Report abuse

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