LANHAM, Md. (CBSC) — It’s not the early Christmas gift that federal workers were hoping for.

The Office of Personnel Management announced Monday that employees will report for a full day of work Tuesday, Christmas Eve.

The decision to remain open is consistent with precedent when Christmas was in the middle of the week.

A recent exception was in 2002, when former President George W. Bush gave feds a half day off on Tuesday, Dec. 24.

In 2012, President Barack Obama gave federal workers the day off on Christmas Eve — which fell on a Monday, making the holiday a four-day weekend. That decision followed a petition on asked the president for the extra day off, which garnered more than 28,000 signatures.

Federal workers created a similar petition this year, but didn’t receive nearly the same level of support as last year.

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