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Old 12-10-2013, 04:03 AM
 
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Federal government closed today.
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Old 12-10-2013, 04:09 AM
 
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Why is Fairfax County Government open (with unscheduled leave)?
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:13 AM
 
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Because we're special
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Old 12-10-2013, 05:38 AM
 
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Why is Fairfax County Government open (with unscheduled leave)?

Well, closing the Federal Government keeps a TON of people off the roads. Honestly, it's just not that bad out there if there's not much traffic. Fairfax County Government employees don't impact the traffic all that much and many live fairly close to their jobs so the commute nightmares don't overly exist by keeping them open.
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Old 12-10-2013, 06:44 AM
 
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I thought that a big part of any decision of whether to close the Federal Government is whether the local schools are closed. Since most of them are, I think FFX and Arlington should have closed their offices too; what are their parent employees supposed to do? Especially if they don't have any leave accrued? Not their fault that it snowed.

I am grateful that OPM made the right decision.
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:18 AM
 
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God I hate the snow!!!
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Old 12-10-2013, 07:26 AM
 
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I thought that a big part of any decision of whether to close the Federal Government is whether the local schools are closed. Since most of them are, I think FFX and Arlington should have closed their offices too; what are their parent employees supposed to do? Especially if they don't have any leave accrued? Not their fault that it snowed.

I am grateful that OPM made the right decision.

I didn't think it ever had to do with the schools. There were many times when my kids were in PWC public schools, which closed, but the county government employees had to still go to work, with liberal leave, of course.

As for the federal government, in years past it was ALWAYS based on Metro's ability to operate on a normal schedule. If Metro had too much snow on the tracks, then the federal government would generally close. There's usually a middle-of-the-night call between OPM, Metro, and the other transit systems before the decision is made.

However, I do suspect that OPM is relaxing its decision making and basing it more on keeping people off the roads. Add to that the fact that telework is ever-expanding so the government doesn't really shut down. For instance, my whole office of 100 employees is under telework agreements so, even though the government is closed, we are still working. I just happened to be on scheduled leave today.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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Heard three transformers blow last night. Power initially went out before midnight. The one down the street sounded like a bomb, blew the panels off the transformer box and lit up my room with a flash. Started the generator this morning to power the fan on our fireplace insert and run a few things.
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:20 AM
 
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God I hate the snow!!!
Me too. I'm counting down for spring to come!
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Old 12-10-2013, 10:37 AM
 
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I drove from Lake Ridge to DC and back. Absolutely no issues except for a couple of *******s who refused to put their lights on. Took me way less than it should have thanks to there being nobody else on the roads.
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