CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the recommendation of the Baltimore FEB. Federal offices in the Baltimore area are open on time on Jan. 5. Federal News Radio apologizes for the error.
The Office of Personnel Management is planning for federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. metro area to open on time Jan. 5.
An OPM spokeswoman confirmed that the agency doesn’t plan to hold a call Friday morning with the Council of Metropolitan Governments, along with Transportation Department officials, Metro, school districts and other local entities to decide if a delay is necessary.
Despite the federal government’s decision to open on time, nearly every school district in the metro area has delayed their opening or closed entirely for tomorrow. The weather forecast remains frigid with wind chills below zero degrees overnight and the temperature rising to the mid-20s during the day. The National Weather Service has issued a wind chill advisory for much of the D.C. region from 10 p.m. Thursday until noon Friday. The weather service said strong winds out of the northwest will average between 20 and 30 mph Thursday evening with some gusts reaching 50 mph.
OPM’s decision comes after it delayed the opening of D.C.-area offices on Thursday by two hours.
While the D.C. metro area is back to normal schedule, other federal agencies along the East Coast are facing delayed openings.
The Philadelphia Federal Executive Board is recommending agencies delay the arrival of employees.
The Boston FEB is recommending agencies offer a delay of up to two hours and offer the option for employees to use unscheduled telework and leave tomorrow.