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Federal Eye: Federal government CLOSED on Thursday

You've living history, Washington: Federal agencies across the nation's capital will close on Thursday for a fourth straight day --
taking the week-long shutdown of the government into uncharted
territory.

The decision means non-emergency federal workers will be granted excused absences, the Office of Personnel Management said. Emergency employees are expected to report for work and some employees who telework may be expected to work from their telework sites, as specified in their individual agreements.

(OPM Director John Berry will answer questions from washingtonpost.com readers on Thursday at 11 a.m. ET. Submit your questions here.)

The 1995 and 1996 budget impasses kept workers away for weeks, and offices closed for three consecutive days due to inclement weather
in Jan. 1996 -- but four consecutive snow days is unheard of.

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