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Federal workers petition White House for Christmas Eve off


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Federal employees have petitioned the president through the White House’s “We the People” platform to make Christmas Eve, December 24, a day off of work this year.

The Obama administration requires 25,000 signatures before it responds to petitions. The Christmas Eve holiday petition had about 9,000 signatures when The Federal Eye last checked it Wednesday morning.

The Obama administration let federal workers take a half day off work in 2009, when Christmas Eve fell on a Thursday.

The George W. Bush administration allowed a full day off for Christmas Eve in 2001, 2003, 2007 and 2008, when extra day off provided a four-day weekend. Bush also gave workers a half day off in 2002, when the date fell on a Wednesday.

The petitioner for this year’s Christmas Eve request said the president should grant the extra day off as “a good gesture to improve morale of the federal workforce.”

 

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