Its getting colder in the D.C. area, which can mean only one thing – an update from the Office of Personnel Management on their early dismissal and closure policies.
Instead of the phrase “Federal Offices are Closed to the Public” on the OPM website and in emails sent to feds, employees will instead see “Federal Offices are Closed — Emergency and Telework-Ready Employees Must Follow Their Agency’s Policies.”
OPM director John Berry said the new wording should encourage employees to consult with their agencies about telework policies and to plan ahead for inclement weather.
OPM is also implementing a new dismissal option called “delayed arrival” that states employees should remain off local roads until a set time. Feds will have the option to use unscheduled leave or telework.
The option was used informally last year to help federal employees preparing to commute into work, according to OPM.
“The concern in deciding the operating status of federal offices in Washington, D.C., is to ensure the safety and well-being of the federal workforce community during emergent events and continuity of operations while continuing critical services the American people depend on,” Berry said in a press release.
OPM will also try to advise employees on office closures as early as possible through its website and via email and social media, according to the agency.