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WP Forgets DC Shut Down Three Days For Nemo

From the Washington Post:

Federal offices closed for Wednesday in DC area

By Josh Hicks | March 6, 2013

Federal offices in the D.C. area will be closed on Wednesday because of snow, according to a notice from the federal government’s human-resources department.

The Office of Personnel Management said early Wednesday morning that federal facilities in the region would be closed and that telework-ready employees should follow their agency’s policies on telework.

If government shut downs are so terrible, why does the federal government shut down just with the threat of snow? (For the record, as of this hour it is 35 degrees in Washington.)

Besides, what other city in the developed world closes down whenever there is even just the ‘threat’ of snow? What other government?

Emergency workers are expected to report to their worksites unless otherwise directed by their agencies, OPM said.

They usually say that ‘non-essential personnel’ have the day off. Which, of course, is almost all of them.

The notice marks the first full-day closing of federal offices in the D.C. region this year.

Really? We seem to recall the Washington Post reporting that federal offices were closed for the ‘Nemo’ blizzard for three days. (But that was back in the second week of February, almost a month ago. We can’t expect the Post reporters to remember that far back.)

But that brings up a very important point: how did the country survive with all of the federal offices in DC closed for three straight days? And we not only survived but the hometown newspaper doesn’t even remember that the offices were closed.

OPM said non-emergency employees, including employees on pre-approved paid leave, would be granted excused absence for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:

1.) Required to telework
2.) On official travel outside of the Washington, DC, area
3.) On leave without pay, or
4.) On an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off

Tele-work ready employees who are scheduled to perform telework Wednesday or who are required to perform telework on a day when Federal offices are closed must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, according to OPM.

How is that fair? It’s snowing outside! Or at least sleeting.]

The deep spending cuts known as the sequester, which took effect last week, have not affected the federal government’s near-term ability to forecast severe weather events, according to an article in Wednesday’s Washington Post.

Actually, that article says the cuts soon will affect forecasting.

From the Washington Post:

Sequester could ultimately affect severe-weather forecasting

By Josh Hicks | March 5, 2013

The nation’s weather service and emergency response agencies won’t feel the immediate sting of the automatic spending cuts that hit the federal government last week, but officials have said it’s just a matter of time.

The National Weather Service will still be able to forecast severe weather events such as the late-winter storm set to hit the Mid-Atlantic region Wednesday, but there’s a chance those forecasts may not be as accurate.

The Commerce Department, which oversees the National Weather Service and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, has said that the reductions will negatively affect weather forecasting…

Naturally. But hopefully, this won’t stop DC from grinding to a halt whenever there is the slightest chance of bad weather.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “WP Forgets DC Shut Down Three Days For Nemo”

  1. When it snows 20″ and we get 50mph winds out here and my cattle are in danger of dying, what response from the East Coast media?

    (crickets)

    When it gets so cold diesel fule begins to gel and renders cars, trucks and farm machinery unusable,what response from the East Coast media?

    (crickets)

    When monster thunderstorms, torrential rains, mudslides and overrunning rivers and streams make life actually, really difficult, what response from the East Coast media?

    (crickets)

    1″ and a light breeze and Washington shuts down?

    No wonder they’re terrified of a Colt 1911 if Albino Brain Chiggers cause them to go into hiding.

  2. canary

    The global warming idiots in Washington DC close down at just the threat of snow because they believe snow can explode and burn the earth.


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