Historic inauguration on MLK holiday means federal workers lose extra paid time off

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Government workers in the D.C. area will lose the extra paid time off the government normally provides for Inauguration Day because the presidential swearing-in ceremony falls on the same day as the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday this year. 

Inauguration Day and the official observance of MLK’s birthday have coincided only seven times in U.S. history. It just so happens that the swearing in this year will involve the nation’s first African American president taking the oath of office.

Talk about the stars aligning. Perhaps the only way this event could be more symbolic is if the holidays had lined up for President Obama’s first inauguration.

NAACP senior vice president Hilary Shelton said the two holidays in this case still work “so well together.” 

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Josh Hicks covers Maryland politics and government. He previously anchored the Post’s Federal Eye blog, focusing on federal accountability and workforce issues.

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