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The Office of Personnel Management announced its dismissal and closure procedures for the 2012-2013 winter weather season on Tuesday.

“The concern in deciding the operating status of federal offices in Washington, D.C., is to ensure the safety and well-being of the federal workforce community during emergent events and continuity of operations while continuing critical services the American people depend on. As we saw last winter, it can be important to advise employees as early as possible to stay off the roads until it is expected to be safe,” said OPM Director John Berry.

He continued, “We’re also counting on each of you, our employees, to proactively plan what each status will mean for your workday and commute. Take the opportunity now to review the status updates and speak to your supervisors about telework options and requirements. Do not wait for an emergency to find out what to do.”

U.S. Office of Personnel Management: Washington, DC, Area Dismissal and Closure Procedures