Although several offices and agencies remained open during Thursday's storm that dumped snow and ice across the East Coast, a few offices either shuttered their doors during the day or gave their employees the option of telecommuting.
In terms of government agencies, although White House staff members braved the cold and showed up to work, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden canceled all planned public events.
The Securities and Exchange Commission's news service, managed by computers, went on with or without human assistance. Calls to the agency were not answered Thursday. Congress was already in recess.
Meanwhile, Callan Associates' Atlanta and New Jersey offices were closed for the day.
Mercer employees along the Eastern seaboard were given a lot of latitude to decide whether it was unsafe to come into their offices in New York, Atlanta, Washington, Philadelphia or Boston.
The office of the $57.9 billion Massachusetts Pension Reserves Investment Board was open for the day, although Executive Director Michael Trotsky admitted in an e-mail it was a “skeleton crew” at the Boston-based office.
The $1.6 billion MBTA Retirement Fund, Boston, was also open.