Federal agencies open Friday under two-hour delay

By Jory Heckman
Federal News Radio

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C. area are open Friday under a two-hour delayed arrival, and employees have the option for unscheduled leave or telework. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than two hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

Federal agencies in the Baltimore area will open at 10 a.m. and employees will have the option of unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Emergency employees should report based on agency requirements, according to the Baltimore Federal Executive Board.

(The information below is copied directly from the Office of Personnel Management’s website.)

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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 (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 alternative work schedule (AWS) day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or
  4. 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 (as consistent with law).

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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