Federal employees will get a little more time for last-minute Christmas shopping this year. President Barack Obama on Friday evening issued an executive order closing executive branch agencies and excusing employees on the afternoon of Christmas Eve.
But employees who are essential for national security, defense, or other public needs will not get a short day, Obama said. FedLine assumes that also goes for the crucial staff at NORAD Tracks Santa.
President George W. Bush gave federal employees Christmas Eve off — and a four-day weekend — in 2007, when Christmas fell on a Tuesday. Last year, when Christmas fell on a Thursday, feds got Dec. 26 off and another four-day weekend.
Some feds may not be too pleased with Obama’s lower 2 percent pay raise in 2010, and his thwarted push to not hand out locality pay raises. But at least he’s not threatening to dock feds half a day’s pay for their time off, like some bosses (skip to the three-minute mark to see what I’m talking about):