Federal offices in DC area closed on Friday

Most of the Washington, D.C., region is under a dangerous weather alert, which has forced the closure of all federal offices.

Most of the Washington, D.C. region is under a dangerous weather alert through early Saturday morning because of heavy winds, according to the National Weather Service. For this reason, the Office of Personnel Management announced that all federal offices in the Washington, D.C., area will be closed today.

Emergency employees or those who are telework-ready are required to follow their agencies’ policies and written telework agreements.

Non-emergency employees will receive an excused abscence or administrative leave for the hours they were supposed to work unless they are:

  • “required to telework,
  • “on official travel outside of the Washington, D.C., area,
  • “on pre-approved leave (including leave without pay), or
  • “on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.”

Employees who are telework-ready and were scheduled to telework today must work the whole day or request leave, according to OPM, “or a combination of both, in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law).”

Unless otherwise directed by their agencies, emergency employees must report to their worksites on time.

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