ACS Message

Date:        22 December 2009

To:             U.S. Embassy Warden System

Subject:    Half-day closing of U.S. Embassy on December 24, 2009

Dear Wardens:  Please disseminate this message to U.S. citizens in your area.  Thank you.

The U.S. President has issued an Executive Order excusing executive branch employees from duty for the last half of the scheduled workday on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24, 2009, except those who, in the judgment of the head of the agency, cannot be excused for reasons of national security, defense, or other essential public need.

Please note that the American Citizen Services, Federal Benefits and Visas Units will close at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 24 and will not reopen until Monday, December 28 at 8:00 a.m.   In the event of an emergency involving a U.S. Citizen, an American Duty Officer can be reached by calling 207-7000.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department’s Internet web site at where the current Travel Warnings and Public Announcements, including the Worldwide Caution Public Announcement, can be found.

Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

For updated information on the security situation in Panama, please contact the American Citizens Services Unit of the U.S. Embassy at 207-7030. The Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy is located in Clayton, Building 783, in the Clayton section of Panama. The Consular Section fax is 207-7303.   The Embassy web site is and e-mails should be addressed to  After hours and emergency phone number:  207-7000 or 207-7200

This email is UNCLASSIFIED.

3 thoughts on “ACS Message

  1. Oh, the comments I could generate using terms like “U.S. President”, “executive order” and “half-workday”, but in the spirit of the season I’ll just say…Merry Christmas!

    P.S. I am really looking forward to FREE government healthcare. It might just be enough to make me move back to the States. Who ever said you can’t get something for nothing? FREE is cool! Work sucks! Got anything else for FREE?

  2. Hi Don,

    I heard the smoke will be FREE too, which might make this road to oblivion easier to navigate. Feliz Navidad!

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