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Federal Eye: Federal government closed on Wednesday

Federal government offices in the Washington region will close on Wednesday for a third straight day, the longest run of snow days for
the region's federal workers since 1996.

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 on time, and
some employees who telework may be expected to work from their telework
sites, as specified in their individual agreements.

The last three-day weather shutdown occurred in Jan. 1996, just a few days after the federal budget impasse that kept federal workers
locked out for three weeks. Federal offices also closed for two
consecutive days in Sept. 2003 when Hurricane Isabel hit the region.

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