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Agency facilities in the national capitol region have moved to phase two of the State Department's "Diplomacy Strong” reopening strategy, which allows up to 80% of employees to return to the office.
The Energy Department said it was unlikely local conditions in the National Capital Region would support fully 'back to normal' return for its employees. The department instead said it will enter into new telework agreements with employees who need more flexibilities.
In preparation for "phase three" of its reopening plans, regional leaders at the Environmental Protection Agency are developing social distancing and "cohort" schedules for employees who work in cubicle farms or other shared spaces.
Field and local offices at the Social Security Administration are still closed to the public, with managers handling some in-person services on a case-by-case basis. Despite a series of cuts to its telework program before the pandemic, SSA hasn't yet recalled large numbers of employees back to their offices.
Maryland and Virginia senators are calling on the Trump administration to issue new guidance allowing federal employees to continue maximum telework. Existing guidance encourages agencies to end those flexibilities too soon, senators said.
DoD coronavirus cases have more than doubled in the last month.
As offices within all but two of the Environmental Protection Agency's regions are engaged in some phase of reopening, some employees said they're still waiting for clear answers on telework, child care accommodations and other concerns.
As the Agriculture Department approaches phase three of its reopening plan, Food and Nutrition Service employees are concerned there are simply too many unknowns, inconveniences and worries about returning to a full office, which they say pale in comparison to the benefits of working productively and safely from home.
A few months into the IRS bringing employees back into offices across the country in a phased approach, Commissioner Charles Rettig said agency facilities will return to “full staffing” by July 15, and will prioritize tax return refunds and customer service through its call centers.
As some agencies have called their employees back to the office in recent weeks, the Merit Systems Protection Board is taking its time.
GPO's decision to bring employees back to the office came a little more than after the State Department began Phase One of its reopening strategy.
About 700 employees are part of the Agriculture Department's phase two reopening, which began June 22 in the national capital region. USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue acknowledged employees may feel some anxiety about returning to work but said he wanted them to feel comfortable at the office.
The updated language requires the lessor to wipe down all high-contact surfaces in command and high-traffic areas at least once a day.
The Environmental Protection Agency launched a data-driven "facility status dashboard" to inform leaders' reopening decisions, while other federal agencies have begun their own "phase one" openings this week.
The State Department has reopened several passport service offices across the country as part of its Phase One reopening plan and is scaling up its workforce to deal with a backlog of applications that have piled up since March.
The Merit Systems Protection Board is extending mandatory telework through July 3 but its e-Appeal Online system is open and accepting electronic filings. The agency is also working with filers to continue adjudications and other hearings remotely.
Thirty-nine states have seen downward trends in COVID-19 infection rates.
The State Department is taking a big step next week in bringing some employees back to the office, the first step in a multi-phase effort to resume full operations.
Though Veterans Affairs over-projected the impact the coronavirus pandemic would have on veterans, it's preparing for a potential "rebound" in the fall.
This marks the agency's third announced recall of employees during the coronavirus pandemic, at a time when only a handful of agencies have sent staff back to the office.
The Agriculture Department is opening up parking options for employees who don't want to take public transportation but have been asked to return to USDA facilities in the national capital region. USDA began "phase one" of its reopening plan Monday.
Phase one of the Energy Department's reopening plan for headquarters facilities in the national capital region will involves 3.7% of its 7,000-person workforce. Those employees will return June 8, while the rest will continue to telework.
Masks aren't required at Office of Personnel Management facilities, and employees with limited transportation or dependent care options will be "encouraged" to telework throughout phases one and two of the agency's reopening plan.
The agency will continue to prioritize the most urgent cases before it returns to full operating capacity. Meanwhile, agency employees who work at passport facilities can expect to return to work in three phases, each phased dependent on local conditions.
Workforce changes may be coming soon to two subcomponents at the Department of Homeland Security, including U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, where more than half of its employees could face furloughs without emergency supplemental funding from Congress.
The Defense Department is moving toward a "conditions-based" approach to reducing the travel restrictions it put in place in response to COVID-19.
Reopening plans for the Interior and Energy Departments describe upcoming changes to their own telework, leave and screening policies. The Environmental Protection Agency is preparing to initiate reopening plans for its facilities in Seattle, Atlanta and Lenexa, Kansas.
The Postal Service is testing a daily temperature check "proof of concept" in Northern Virginia and Oklahoma City for employees reporting for work and returning from quarantine.
Under the Agriculture Department's reopening plan, subcomponent agencies and mission areas should provide masks and face coverings for their employees returning to the office.
Local commanders must show downward trajectory in COVID-19 cases and proper hospital capacity to begin easing restrictions.
The National Treasury Employees Union said the agency looks to bring as many as 11,000 employees in Texas, Utah and Kentucky back to the office on June 1.
The Department of Homeland Security has created a new, derived alternative credential for both new and existing employees and contractors who need access to the agency's networks but can't physically visit a DHS facility to replace or get a new personal identity verification (PIV) card during the coronavirus pandemic.
NASA employees submitted more than 200 ideas to an agency-led crowdsourcing initiative designed to solicit coronavirus response solutions. A few of the ideas, including prototypes for two new ventilation and breathing devices, are already under review for emergency authorization from the Food and Drug Administration.
IRS Commissioner Chuck Retting told congressional staff earlier this week that 100 agency employees had contracted the coronavirus, and four have died.
Agencies have new guidelines now from the Trump administration, which detail how, consistent with local conditions, they should gradually begin to reopen federal offices.
Congress expanded some benefits and added emergency paid sick leave in the Families First Coronavirus Response Act, but the details for federal employees are complex.
The Army is offering short-term reenlistments as a buffer to the changing economy.
Most Social Security benefits and retirement checks will come as planned. And federal retirees who receive Social Security benefits won't need to file separate forms to receive upcoming coronavirus stimulus checks from the IRS.
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Fewer than 100 of the nearly 5,000 sailors assigned to the USS Theodore Roosevelt have tested positive for the virus, but the Navy is moving sailors into various facilities.
At least one agency has issued an "evacuation order" for its employees to work from home during the coronavirus pandemic, regardless of their previous telework arrangements. Federal News Network explains evacuation payment authority and what it could mean for you.
The Justice Department sent guidance to state and local law enforcement telling them to allow federal employees to travel to and from work during lock down.
DoD's latest stop-movement order will halt a significant number of the military services' overseas deployments and redeployments for the next 60 days.
The Office of Personnel Management said agencies can virtually offer the oath of office and remotely collect onboarding documents from new employees during the coronavirus pandemic.
Eight Pentagon entrances will be closed and mandatory temperature taking may be put into effect to enter the building.
As the federal government response to the coronavirus pandemic ramps up, GOP members of the House Transportation Committee have put out a list of relevant agency actions already taken.
Social Security Administrator Andrew Saul told employees Saturday he would further expand telework across the agency amid growing concerns over the coronavirus pandemic.
The Office Management and Budget released FAQs for agencies and contractors to deal with coronavirus while DoD released a memo detailing what essential vendors mean for them.
The same night President Donald Trump signed a $100 billion coronavirus aid package into law, four of the largest postal unions requested a similar relief package for the Postal Service, which has already been facing a looming financial crisis.
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.
Barely a week into the rollout of the 2020 Census, the Census Bureau has suspended all decennial hiring and onboarding until at least April 1, as part of its contingency planning amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The Defense Department raised its threshold for 8(a) sole source contracts to $100 million as required by the 2020 Defense authorization bill. While not related to coronavirus outbreak, the timing is important.
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.
More than 2,000 Guardsmen are already working for the states, that number will double by the weekend.
The Census Bureau encourages households to self-respond to reduce the need for enumerators to knock on doors later this spring.
The Air Force's trial at connected weapons systems in real time will be pushed until June.
The Defense Department has set up a daily call with associations representing its vendors to take stock of how the coronavirus is impacting its industrial base while the White House has activated a 1950 law to give agencies procurement priority.
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.
The Postal Service has released new guidance on steps supervisors and managers can take to mitigate the threat, while postal employees and unions continue to seek answers.
The Pentagon is still trying to assess how many of its employees in the national capital region could telework, but those who have started are already straining DoD's internet infrastructure.
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers has cancelled their May 2020 midyear conference amid growing concerns around the spread of the coronavirus.
The Defense Department's medical facilities are not made for infectious disease outbreaks.
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 also announced an operating status change for the national capital region. Federal offices are open but with maximum telework flexibilities for eligible employees.
The restrictions, which take effect Monday, will prohibit most domestic travel with few exceptions.
The Office of Personnel Management wants federal health insurance providers to make sure they're ready for COVID-19. OPM urged Federal Employee Health Benefits carriers to ease up on typical cost sharing requirements for coronavirus testing and telehealth visits.
Federal employee are expressing anger and fear over a lack of planning around telework by their agencies to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
The coronavirus pandemic has pushed the Census Bureau to launch a coronavirus internal task force to “continuously monitor the situation nationwide.”
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 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.
As the Trump administration urges agencies to expand telework to employees at “higher risk” of exposure to coronavirus, the Education Department has taken steps to relax limits on how often employees can work from home.
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.
Coast Guardsmen are told not to travel to areas in the United States with sustained infections.
DoD organizations are being told to put all non-mission-essential travel on hold for at least the next two months. Travel bans to and through some countries will take effect on Friday.
Other agencies, such as the Social Security Administration and the Environmental Protection Agency, have loosened telework restrictions and announced unscheduled remote options for federal employees at regional offices in Seattle, Washington, and New York.
In the event secure, classified federal facilities must close due to a coronavirus outbreak, federal employees and contractors should continue to get paid, the Intelligence and National Security Alliance said Tuesday.
The National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration is the latest agency to conduct a large-scale test of its telework capabilities amid growing concerns over the spread of the coronavirus.
The Office of Personnel Management has more guidance on telework, sick leave and other options as agencies prepare their workforces for the growing spread of the coronavirus.
The Securities and Exchange Commission is the first Washington, D.C., agency to take actions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
Citing the safety and wellbeing of its employees amid the coronavirus threat, the Postal Service has released its 2020 Pandemic Influenza Plan.
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New DoD guidance says employees can telework even if they're also caring for a sick dependent at home.
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The Office of Personnel Management instructed agencies to ensure their employees are "telework capable," amid growing concerns over the coronavirus. Telework-eligible Air Force employees at the Pentagon will conduct a "capacity test" Friday to ensure they're equipped to work remotely.
Department of Homeland Security employees who work at a shuttered federal facility in Washington state must self-quarantine and telework for 14 days amid a coronavirus outbreak in the region, the agency said Tuesday.