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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.