US civil servants urged to work from home during pope visit

Pope Francis bobble heads are displayed at a souvenir store in Washington, DC, on August 27, 2015The US government has advice for civil servants facing monstrous traffic and security challenges when Pope Francis visits Washington this month: work from home, or even not at all. “The Federal Government in the Washington, DC, area will remain ‘OPEN’ during these 3 days,” the Office of Personnel Management said in a memo released Tuesday. It urged federal agencies to let their employees work from home during the papal visit so as to dodge longer than usual commute times, reduce traffic and let police concentrate better on providing security.

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