National mourning has a price
By Warren Vieth | Los Angeles Times
Posted June 11, 2004
WASHINGTON -- Providing security for former President Reagan's funeral is likely to cost government agencies several million dollars, but a far bigger expense is the loss of a day's labor by most of the federal government's 1.8 million employees.
Under an executive order signed by President Bush, all federal workers except those needed to provide law enforcement, national security and other essential services are taking today off as part of a national day of mourning.
The Office of Personnel Management said Wednesday that a day's payroll expense for the entire federal work force is $423 million. Officials said it was not yet clear how many federal personnel would be required to work today.