Normally, this time of year the President is worrying about many of the same things he worried about last year: Syria, Iraq, the unemployment figures and what Vice President Joe Biden is going to say next!
This year, he has added problems: The Ebola situation and the fact that Christmas 2014 falls on a Thursday. But Friday, Dec. 26, is a regular workday, unless …
Unless federal workers are given a bonus day off on Friday Dec. 26. But that creates problems. What about the hundreds of thousands of essential feds whose posts must be covered 24/7 every day of the week. Do they work while their colleagues get a day off? Do they get holiday pay? Most unlikely. And what about people whose regular day off is Friday?
Talk about a federal case, this is it!
Giving federal workers a bonus day off would create a 4-day Christmas holiday. It would be a boon to merchants, restaurants and local businesses. Especially in places like Washington, D.C.; Seattle; Austin; San Diego; and Huntsville, Alabama, where there are lots of feds, and also in towns — like Ogden, Utah — where Uncle Sam is the primary employer. Towns near military bases, VA hospitals, federal prisons and IRS centers love 4-day weekends for feds. On the other hand, a 4-day weekend for federal civil servants would antagonize beat-the-bureaucrat types who think federal employees are too coddled as it is.
On Aug. 27, 1883, the earth generated a sound louder than any other ever recorded, when the island of Krakatoa erupted in a volcanic explosion. The sound registered at 172 decibels 100 miles from the source. Pressure waves from the explosion circled the earth three to four times in each direction.
2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey: Senior leaders get low marks Federal employees’ opinions of senior leaders are at a five-year low, according to the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey. More broadly, the survey of nearly 400,000 federal workers suggests they are more dissatisfied with their jobs than they were last year, when the Office of Personnel Management warned agencies to be concerned about low morale.