Federal offices open for Monday with delayed arrival, telework options

December 9, 2013
(Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post )
(Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post )

D.C.-area federal employees can telework, take unscheduled leave or arrive at their offices up to two hours later than their normal start times on Monday because of the weather, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

The weather forecast Sunday evening called for called for several rounds of freezing rain throughout the night, potentially leaving icy road conditions on Monday morning. Snow fell in the region on Sunday afternoon.

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Below is the entire message posted by OPM early Monday morning:

STATUS: OPEN – 2 HOURS DELAYED ARRIVAL – WITH OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

Non-Emergency Employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for up to 2 hours past their expected arrival time. In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements, non-emergency employees may notify their supervisors of their intent to use:

* Earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;

* Leave without pay;

* Their flexible work schedule day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or

* Unscheduled telework (if telework-ready).

(Employees who request unscheduled leave should be charged leave for the entire workday.)

Telework-Ready Employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisor of their intention to perform unscheduled telework must be prepared to telework for the entire workday, or take unscheduled leave, or a combination of both, for the entire workday in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.

Pre-approved Leave. Employees on pre-approved leave for the entire workday or employees who requested unscheduled leave for the entire workday should be charged leave for the entire day.

Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

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Josh Hicks covers the federal government and anchors the Federal Eye blog. He reported for newspapers in the Detroit and Seattle suburbs before joining the Post as a contributor to Glenn Kessler’s Fact Checker blog in 2011.
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