Executive Order 12619 -- Half-Day Closing of Government Departments and Agencies on Thursday, December 24, 1987


December 22, 1987


By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and laws of the United States of America, it is hereby ordered:


Section 1. All Executive departments and agencies of the Federal Government shall be closed and their employees excused from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday on Christmas Eve, December 24, 1987, except as provided in Section 2 below.


Sec. 2. The heads of Executive departments and agencies may determine that certain offices and installations of their organizations, or parts thereof, must remain open and that certain employees must remain on duty for the full scheduled workday on December 24, 1987, for reasons of national security or defense or for other essential public reasons.


Sec. 3. Thursday, December 24, 1987, shall be considered as falling within the scope of Executive Order No. 11582 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 shall apply to Federal departments and agencies only and is not intended to direct or otherwise implicate departments or agencies of State or local governments.


Ronald Reagan


The White House,


December 22, 1987.


[Filed with the Office of the Federal Register, 10:33 a.m., December 23, 1987]