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.
Federal employee are expressing anger and fear over a lack of planning around telework by their agencies to deal with the coronavirus outbreak.
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.
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.
Spreading crisis feels like a test for everybody, and feds, like all people, worry about the basics.
In today’s Federal Newscast, members of Congress are laying out their concerns about coronavirus epidemic’s potential impact on many federal programs.
Whoever said timing is everything sure knew what she was talking about. Take teleworking, please!
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.