The Office of Personnel Management gave the Department of Veterans Affairs an authority needed to quickly rehire former medical professionals for VA’s coronavirus response efforts. These reemployed annuitants can work full time and receive a full salary and their retirement checks.
The Transportation Department has sent home its workforce at the Navy Yard headquarters in Washington, D.C., where an employee has tested positive for the coronavirus.
Federal agencies have requested an additional $45.8 billion in funding for 2020 alone, which the White House said is necessary for its governmentwide response to the coronavirus. Extra telework support is at the top of the list.
Agencies have offered mixed messages about telework and the flexibilities their employees have in balancing the coronavirus pandemic, childcare duties and family medical concerns — and their work and services to the public.
Agencies have 48 hours to adopt an “aggressive posture” aimed at continuing critical government functions and preventing the spread of the coronavirus, the Trump administration said Tuesday night.
Dale Cabaniss, who briefly led the Office of Personnel Management for six months, has resigned Tuesday afternoon, Federal News Network has learned.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Rettig instructed eligible employees to telework and gave customer service workers more freedom than they’ve ever had before. But the commissioner’s guidance has prompted confusion among risk-adverse IRS managers, who aren’t accustomed to making their own decisions.
The Defense Counterintelligence and Security Agency will name a new permanent director after months of acting leadership.
The Agriculture Department said eligible employees in the national capital region, Washington state and other regions impacted by the community spread of the coronavirus should begin telework Tuesday. USDA offices remain open, however.
The Office of Personnel Management can urge and encourage agencies to expand flexibilities, enter into ad-hoc agreements and use unscheduled telework during the coronavirus pandemic, but it doesn’t have the authority to do much else.
The Office of Personnel Management also announced an operating status change for the national capital region. Federal offices are open but with maximum telework flexibilities for eligible employees.
The Social Security Administration will revert to pre-March telework schedules for some employees. It will set up a “work at home quarantine” option for SSA employees who must quarantine or those whose children are home due to a coronavirus-related school closure.
The latest guidance from the Trump administration comes as the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives and Records Administration close museums, research rooms and presidential libraries due to coronavirus concerns. NARA public events are also canceled through May 3.
The two largest federal employee unions said Thursday steps to protect the federal workforce from the rapid spread of the coronavirus were falling short.