President George Bush issued Executive Order 13482 providing federal employees the day off on December 26, 2008. The text of the executive order is below.
By the authority vested in me as President by the
Constitution and the laws of the United States of
America, it is hereby ordered as follows:
Section 1. All executive branch departments and
agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and
their employees excused from duty on Friday, December
26, 2008, the day after Christmas Day, except as
provided in section 2 of this order.
Sec. 2. The heads of executive branch departments and
agencies may determine that certain offices and
installations of their organizations, or parts thereof,
must remain open and that certain employees must report
for duty on December 26, 2008, for reasons of national
security or defense or other public need.
Sec. 3. Friday, December 26, 2008, shall be considered
as falling within the scope of Executive Order 11582 of
February 11, 1971, and of 5 U.S.C. 5546 and 6103(b) and
other similar statutes insofar as they relate to the
pay and leave of employees of the United States.
Sec. 4. This order is not intended to, and does not,
create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural,
enforceable at law or in equity, by any party against
the United States, its agencies, instrumentalities, or
entities, its officers, employees, or agents, or any
THE WHITE HOUSE,
December 12, 2008.