Christmas Eve Declared A Federal Holiday

In an executive order signed Tuesday night, President Trump announced that all federal employees will get the day off.  In the past, federal workers have been given Monday off whenever Christmas Day falls on a Tuesday.  In 2014, President Obama excused federal employees from work on Dec. 26, which fell on a Friday.  The executive order states that some employees may be required to report to work “for reasons of national security, defense, or other public need.”  Agency heads also have been allowed the discretion to determine whether certain offices need to remain open on the holiday.