Federal agencies will be closed Tuesday, Jan. 2, for a national day of mourning honoring President Gerald R. Ford, the Office of Personnel Management announced Thursday.
Under an executive order issued by President Bush, all Cabinet departments, independent organizations and other agencies will be closed in honor of the 38th president, who died Dec. 26 at the age of 93 at his home in Rancho Mirage, Calif.
The order excludes "those offices and installations, or parts thereof, in the Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, or other departments, independent organizations, and governmental agencies whose agency head determines should remain open for reasons of national security or defense, or other essential public business." http://www.govexec.com/story_page.cfm?articleid=35751&dcn=todaysnews
We don't really know what this means for our Tuesday morning appointment. We're planning to go ahead and drive down to the office at our scheduled time. Unfortunately for us, the local offices are closed tomorrow and Monday to celebrate New Years. Most likely, we won't know until Tuesday morning what the status is. I'm crossing my fingers though, that Dan is right, and that the office we need to go to will be open despite the other closures! Here's to hoping, because it'll be a few more days before we can get another appointment.