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Federal Employees Get Half-Day on Christmas Eve 2016 -

President Obama issued an executive order on Friday, December 11, 2015 giving all Federal Government employees a half-day on Thursday, December 24, 2015, the day before Christmas. Federal employees obviously have off on Christmas Day because it is a Federal Holiday.

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In the past, the president has authorized a full day off on the day before Christmas. This year, likely due to budget constraints and the high workload of many federal employees, only a half-day is authorized.

The order states typical limitations, such as individual agencies may choose to ignore the order at their own discretion for reasons of "national security, defense, or other public need."

The half-day is welcome even as many federal employees had hoped for a full-day off. However, in addition to the 2016 1.3% General Schedule raise, federal employees in a good position.

View the December 24, 2015 Holiday Executive Order.

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