Civil servants and manpris: talk about farmer tan

Sometimes, you just have to remind civil servants that the "I got lei'd in Hawaii" t-shirts and manpris are inappropriate wear at Headquarters. At least, that's what the US Agency for International Development thought when it sent out a "Work Attire Statement" late last month.

    "But summer is when "a lot of people are back on home leave or for training," and "the Ronald Reagan Building is not an appropriate building to wear anything you want." The memo, ... said [assistant AID administrator for legislative and public affairs J. Edward Fox], just says, "let's not act like you're out in the outback." So "dress like the natives," he said, "wherever you are, even here."(WPOST)