President issues executive order closing federal agencies for Christmas Eve

Dec. 22, 2012

By U.S. Army Europe Public Affairs

HEIDELBERG, Germany -- President Barack Obama issued an executive order Dec. 21 closing all agencies and departments of the executive branch of the federal government for Dec. 24.

The order excuses federal employees of the executive branch from work for the day prior to Christmas, except for those employees whose agency heads determine cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense or other public need. The order also applies to nonappropriated fund activities governed by Army Regulation 215-3 (Nonappropriated Funds Personnel Policy).

The full text of the executive order can be read here. A question-and-answer document that outlines procedures for federal employees' pay and leave administration for Dec. 24 and 25 can be found here.

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