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Posted at 3:53 AM ET, 02/ 1/2011

Unscheduled leave for federal workers on Tues.

By Ed O'Keefe

Eye Opener

Federal offices in the Washington area are open Tuesday, but workers may use unscheduled leave or telework from home if necessary.

The Office of Personnel Management is urging workers "to exercise extreme caution and to be alert to changing weather and road conditions in their area."

If necessary, workers may use annual leave, earned time off or leave without pay. Those using the telework option must inform their bosses.

OPM Director John Berry said Monday that he would be keeping close tabs on the two storm systems headed towards the Washington area on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Do you agree or disagree with the decision? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below

Cabinet and Staff News: President Obama hosting a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday. He's also meeting with Defense Secretary Robert Gates separately. Jon Huntsman submits his resignation as ambassador to China, effective April 30. Chelsea Clinton's husband quits his hedge fund. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke to issue new number on U.S. tourism on Tuesday.

DEFENSE DEPARTMENT:
Top Marines pledge to 'step out smartly' to repeal 'don't ask, don't tell': Gay rights leaders are praising the nation's top Marine for setting a positive, proactive tone as the military prepares to end enforcement of "don't ask, don't tell," despite his previous warnings that openly gay troops could lead to deadly distractions.

Tech firms' probe of Arlington Cemetery blames paper records, lack of oversight: To regain trust, the cemetery must digitize its records, improve its scheduling system and establish a rigorous chain of custody for remains as they move from funeral homes to burial.

FBI:
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HEALTH-CARE REFORM:
Judge strikes down entire new health-care law: The decision is a more sweeping repudiation of the law than a ruling out of Virginia that also found the insurance mandate invalid.

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES:
New federal dietary guidelines released: Although most people have probably never read the guidelines, they have a broad impact on Americans' lives.

IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT:
Illegal-immigration enforcement program takes a toll on U.S. Hispanic populations, report says: The study focused on seven places - including Prince William and Frederick - that have adopted the federal 287 (g) program, which is in use by at least 68 state and local law enforcement agencies.

JUSTICE DEPARTMENT:
White House wants to cut pet project of late Rep. Murtha: A year after his death, the budget ax might swing at the National Drug Intelligence Center in Johnstown, Pa.

MSHA:
Mining rule would ease path to closing unsafe mines: The proposed rule would remove barriers to enforcement against mine operators who chronically break health and safety rules, allowing the agency to move more quickly in identifying and acting on a pattern of violations.

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By Ed O'Keefe  | February 1, 2011; 3:53 AM ET
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Comments

John Berry continues to make bad decisions. LAST Tuesday was when he should have announced unscheduled leave/telework, not a week later! He put his fear of being a "laughingstock" before the safety of federal workers. Now, after under-reacting, he over-reacts. That will just make him wary of doing the right thing for tomorrow, when there really WILL be widespread ice.

Obama needs to fire this fool.

Posted by: WashingtonDame | February 1, 2011 9:21 AM | Report abuse

Doesn't make any sense. The weather today is nothing compared to how it was last Wednesday. So it was a bit slippery walking on sidewalks but driving to work was uneventful and I got to my office with no problem. Berry should have thought of doing this a week ago. He should also pay more attention to the Capital Weather Gang.

Posted by: eunicedelrosario | February 1, 2011 9:42 AM | Report abuse

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