The Office of Management and Budget has instructed agencies to begin planning for the upcoming presidential transition.
Agency heads now have a detailed decision-making framework from the Trump administration, which describes how, consistent with local conditions, they should gradually begin to reopen federal offices and call their employees back from mandatory telework programs during the coronavirus pandemic.
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 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 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 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.
Margaret Weichert, the number two leader at the Office of Management and Budget, is leaving government for the private sector, she confirmed to Federal News Network.
A top House lawmaker has announced that Congress will pass a governmentwide temporary spending bill to keep the government running through Dec. 20, forestalling a government shutdown as the House turns its focus to impeachment hearings
Agencies will develop specific workforce fund plans for the 2021 budget passback, which should detail how they’ll reward employees who have in-demand skills or have made special contributions to their agencies.
In today’s Federal Newscast, the Office of Management and Budget is expressing its displeasure with the early versions of appropriations bills coming out of the House committee.