Due to the winter storm affecting the DC area, federal agencies are open but are operating under a delayed arrival status/policy for their employees.
OPM has issued the following alert:
Washington, DC Area
Applies to: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
STATUS: OPEN – 3 HOURS DELAYED ARRIVAL – WITH OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK
Federal offices in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 3 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 3 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.
Non-Emergency Employees who report to the office will be granted weather and safety leave for up to 3 hours past their expected arrival time. In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures (including required notification of the employee’s supervisor), and subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law), non-emergency employees may notify their supervisor of their intent to use:
1. earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
2. leave without pay;
3. their flexible work schedule day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or
4. unscheduled telework.
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.
Telework Employees (i.e. employees who are participating in a telework program, including those who perform telework regularly and those who telework on an ad hoc basis) who choose not to report to the regular office must be prepared to telework, take unscheduled leave or other paid time off, or a combination thereby accounting for the entire workday. In general, weather and safety leave is not available to telework employees who do not report to the regular office. Treatment of telework employees is subject to applicable law, regulations, agency policies and procedures, and any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law).
Leave. In general, an employee on preapproved leave (paid or unpaid) or other paid time off (e.g. compensatory time off, credit hours) including an employee who requests unscheduled leave or other paid time off should be charged leave or other paid time off and not receive weather and safety leave.