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Friday, December 12, 2008
Contact: Edmund D. Byrnes
Tel: 202-606-2402

President Bush Authorizes the Federal Government to be Closed on December 26

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Michael W. Hager announced President George W. Bush has made Friday, December 26, a day off for federal employees.

"The President values the many important contributions America's federal employees make to ensure that the government runs smoothly and efficiently," said Hager.  "In the spirit of the season, President Bush is making it possible for these dedicated Americans to spend this four-day period with family and friends."

The Executive Order excuses most Executive Branch employees from duty on December 26.  The day off does not affect Postal Service workers, nor does it include Executive Branch employees whose agencies determine they cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other essential public need.


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