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We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources (i.e. your tax dollars), moderating and posting comments should only be expected to occur during regular business hours.
Reporters are asked to send questions through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted nor answered.
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