Thousands of workers here in Maryland could be impacted by a government shutdown.
The U.S. Office of Personnel Management says federal agencies in Washington will be open Monday, but employees will have the option of taking unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework.
Republicans have pushed through the House a bill that would freeze the wages of federal workers for a third year and bar members of Congress from giving themselves a pay raise.
New policies are being developed for snowstorms to have federal workers leave work by a designated time or shelter in place until roads are clear.
Instead of slipping and sliding their way into work in an ice storm, federal workers will be allowed to telework or take unscheduled leave.
The head of the federal government’s personnel office says he’s sorry that so many people were caught in historically bad traffic Wednesday but defended his decision to let workers leave two hours early.