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November 2014

  • Thanks for a Wonderful YearNov 26, 2014

    As we head into the busy holiday season, I want to take a moment to thank my OPM family and the entire Federal workforce for your incredible work, passion, and dedication to serving the American people.

  • New Ways to Think About Hiring, Managing, and LeadingNov 25, 2014

    One of our greatest challenges at OPM is to help agencies grow and develop our Federal leaders of the future. That is why I convened a series of Thought Leader talks this fall, and I’m pleased to report that the three sessions provided us with new information, inspiration, and vision to guide OPM in meeting that challenge.

  • The Best Time to Quit is NowNov 20, 2014

    By now, we’ve all heard of the Great American Smokeout. The national event, organized by the American Cancer Society, encourages Americans to make a plan to quit smoking or to make November 20 the first day of a cigarette-free life.

  • New Flexibility for Tribal Employer Participation in the FEHB ProgramNov 20, 2014

    OPM is making it easier for tribal employers to enroll their employees in the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program.

  • Federal Benefits open season QA on Google HangoutNov 19, 2014

    Join us on Google Hangout Monday, November 24 at 11 – Noon (ET) for a live question and answer session with OPM’s subject matter experts on Federal Benefits.

  • Shining a Light on PathwaysNov 18, 2014

    Five years ago, President Obama signed an Executive Order that created Pathways, a group of internship programs that serve as a clear expression of the value the Federal government places on recruiting and retaining students and recent college graduates for public service careers. These programs are also shining examples of one of my highest priorities as Director of OPM...

  • A Digital Town Hall: On the future of America’s WorkforceNov 17, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta had a special digital town hall on the future of America’s workforce. If you missed it, the conversation is available for viewing.

  • We are REDI for the FutureNov 14, 2014

    As I celebrate my one-year anniversary as the Director of the Office of Personnel Management, I have reflected on OPM’s accomplishments over the past few months. I think about how honored I am to be a part of a team that has done so much for the American people. And today I hosted a digital town hall to talk about how OPM will continue to move America’s Workforce forward in the coming years.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaNov 14, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at a Digital Town Hall event on the future of America’s Workforce, facilitated by Steve Ressler, Founder of GovLoop.com.

  • Learning from Our VeteransNov 11, 2014

    We all have a loved one who served in the military. Their stories teach us, inspire us, and remind us of what our country stands for. They teach us about sacrifice, about courage, and about determination. That is why Veterans Day is so important and also so personal. It’s a day to remember those who sacrificed everything to serve our great country.

  • Veterans Day Message from the U.S. Office of Personnel ManagementNov 10, 2014

    On November 11, 2014, our Nation will honor each of you, America’s Veterans, who have served so faithfully and honorably. On the day set aside for appreciation of service, observance of peace and remembrance of battle, we will pause to remember the sacrifices all of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines, and Coast Guardsmen have made serving our nation.

  • Celebrating a Year of Accomplishment TogetherNov 10, 2014

    It’s hard to believe that it has been a year since the President of the United States gave me the best job of my life -- Director of the Office of Personnel Management. I am so grateful to my OPM family for welcoming me, for supporting me, and for working so incredibly hard to serve the American people.

  • Let Open Season Begin!Nov 7, 2014

    It is time again for Federal employees to review their health, dental, and vision plan choices to make sure they have the coverage that best meet their needs and the needs of their loved ones. The Federal benefits open season begins on Monday, November 10. Employees have until December 8 to make their choices. And the choices are many.

  • Native Americans: Vital to Our Federal FamilyNov 5, 2014

    As we take time this November to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, I also want us to recognize the outstanding work that Native American Federal employees do each and every day.

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October 2014

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September 2014

  • Be a Presidential Management FellowSep 29, 2014

    The much anticipated application period for the Presidential Management Fellows program is about to open. Beginning this Wednesday, October 1, through October 15, students or recent graduates of advanced degree programs can apply to be Presidential management fellows.

  • Rewarding Innovation, Leadership and ServiceSep 24, 2014

    It’s always exciting when the great work by our OPM team gets recognized. Our Human Resource Solutions division – the group that provides high quality human capital services, support, and training for so many of our Federal partners – and our Senior Executive Services and Performance Management division – the group that manages the overall Federal executive personnel program – were recently singled out by four organizations for their outstanding efforts.

  • Shaping the Future of Federal LeadershipSep 23, 2014

    As I work with the President to build a world-class Federal management team, I have launched an important series of meetings that we are calling Thought Leader Talks. The three-part series is bringing together inspired and innovative leaders from a wide array of sectors.

  • A Legacy of Accomplishment and Service Sep 19, 2014

    Until October 15, we are celebrating National Hispanic Heritage Month. The Latino community has given us so many traditions, so much culture and history, and also countless achievements, particularly when it comes to serving our great country.

  • Call for Presentations: Virtual HR Training Conference 2015Sep 17, 2014

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management and the Chief Human Capital Officers Council are teaming to deliver a Virtual HR Training Conference in February 2015. We are seeking presentations for the conference in the five topical areas. Deadline to submit your proposal is September 26.

  • OPM Launches the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign with Universal GivingSep 10, 2014

    For the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) season, OPM is launching the Universal Giving program, which allows Federal employees to donate to over 24,000 charities nationwide.

  • OPM Issues Final Regulations on Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Civilian EmployeesSep 9, 2014

    OPM issues the final regulations on the Flag Recognition Benefit for Fallen Federal Civilian Employees. The final regulations bestow an American flag to the beneficiaries of Federal civilian employees who lose their lives while serving the public.

  • ADVISORY; PRESS CALL: Director Archuleta to discuss 2014 Combined Federal CampaignSep 9, 2014

    OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta, will discuss the 2014 Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) which began on September 1 and will run through December 15. This year, the campaign has launched Universal Giving, a new program that allows donors to pick from the over 24,000 CFC charities nationwide for the first time regardless of where their jobs are located.

  • Join Us and Get Prepared Sep 5, 2014

    Did you know that September is National Preparedness Month? Over the next several weeks, the nation will join together to learn the best ways to prepare for disasters and emergencies, particularly those close to home.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaSep 3, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Government Workforce: Learning Innovations Conference before the Association for Talent Development.

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August 2014

  • Why Workplace Flexibilities Work for GovernmentAug 30, 2014

    As we begin this year’s Labor Day celebration, I want to take a minute to thank each and every member of our Federal family for your hard work and for the excellent service you provide the American people.

  • Update to the OPM Alert Mobile AppAug 28, 2014

    Last May, OPM launched the OPM Alert mobile app that allows users to find out in a moment’s notice if the status of the Federal government in the Washington, DC area changes. The app has been downloaded more than 240,000 times.

  • Help Us Help USAJOBSAug 26, 2014

    One request I get each time I talk with students, teachers, Federal employees and community leaders is: Please make USAJOBS easier to use. I’ve heard you.

  • OPM Issues Final Rule on Phased RetirementAug 7, 2014

    OPM issues the final regulations on Phased Retirement. Phased Retirement is a human resources tool that allows full-time employees to work part-time schedules while beginning to draw retirement benefits.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaAug 4, 2014

    View commencement remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at Florida International University in Miami, Florida.

  • Ready for the MotorcadesAug 4, 2014

    Dozens of motorcades will be going through the Federal city on Tuesday and Wednesday as the President hosts the United States-Africa Leaders Summit. This gathering is expected to be the largest event any U.S. President has ever held with the heads of state and government leaders from Africa.

  • SBA Gives OPM an 'A'Aug 1, 2014

    I want to share some good news. OPM has been recognized by the Small Business Administration with a rating of “A+” on its Small Business Scorecard for its success in contracting with small businesses. This is the first year OPM has received an “A+” score.

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July 2014

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJul 31, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJul 31, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Blacks in Government National Training Institute/Closing Plenary in Las Vegas, Nevada.

  • OPM strongly recommends telework & other workplace flexibilities August 5-6 in the Washington DC AreaJul 28, 2014

    On Monday, August 4 through Wednesday, August 6, 2014, President Obama will welcome leaders from across the African continent to Washington, DC, for the 2014 United States-Africa Leaders Summit (Summit).

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJul 25, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the Next Generation of Government Training Summit in Arlington, Virginia.

  • A Day in the Life: Matthew and MeganJul 25, 2014

    Putting yourself in someone else’s shoes is a great way to really learn what they do every day, and how we can make their lives better. I joined the President’s “Day in the Life” effort. Throughout the summer, senior administrators are traveling the country speaking with -- and learning from -- the people we work for every day.

  • 2014 Sustainability/Energy ScorecardJul 25, 2014

    The Sustainability and Energy Scorecard, issued annually by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), rates agency performance in achieving Federal environmental goals. In FY 2013, OPM made progress in each goal area, including reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, building energy intensity, water intensity, and fleet petroleum.

  • A Present on the ADA's BirthdayJul 21, 2014

    This Saturday, July 26, marks the 24th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act, a day for us to celebrate the tremendous contributions of people with disabilities to our country.

  • OPM Releases UnlockTalent.gov DashboardJul 15, 2014

    OPM is providing Federal agencies with a new and powerful online tool to help them boost employee engagement.

  • Federally Employed Women Leadership SummitJul 11, 2014

    Hello women in Federal Government! What a great event. Congratulations Federally Employed Women on 45 years of providing excellent leadership training for women. I am so happy to be here to help you celebrate.

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June 2014

  • Continuing the Work of our Founding FathersJul 3, 2014

    We all love to celebrate the Fourth of July. It is, after all, the birthday of our country. We grill, watch fireworks, and spend quality time with family and friends – what isn’t there to love? But as we celebrate the holiday and the gift of independence that our Founding Fathers gave us, I want to reflect for a moment on the gifts Americans have given us throughout history and continue to gift us every day.

  • Our Plan Behind the People and Culture Pillar of the President's Management AgendaJun 30, 2014

    From Katherine Archuleta, Director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management and Jonathan McBride, Director of the Presidential Personnel Office. Through his Management Agenda, President Obama is committed to delivering a smarter, more innovative and more accountable government for the American people.

  • Millennials: Let's TalkJun 27, 2014

    It’s no secret that we need more millennials in the Federal government. Currently only 7% of the workforce is under the age of 30. And this sought-after demographic is a constant topic of the national conversation – their habits, their vices, their skills. But instead of talking about them, I want to talk to them.

  • Inspiration at the Working Families SummitJun 24, 2014

    I was honored to speak at the White House Summit on Working Families. The conference, co-hosted by the Department of Labor and the Center for American Progress, brought together business and labor leaders, economists, policy makers, advocates and everyday citizens to discuss policy solutions that can make a real difference in the lives of working families and ensure America’s global competitiveness in the coming decades.

  • Knocking Out Hunger as a Federal FamilyJun 16, 2014

    Feds Feed Families has begun! Since 2009, Federal employees have joined together in the summer months to stock food pantries in communities across the country.

  • My Brother's Keeper: A Call to ActionJun 13, 2014

    On May 30, 2014, President Obama called on Americans from all walks of life to get involved in My Brother’s Keeper by signing a pledge to become long-term mentors to young people.

  • Recruiting: Albuquerque StyleJun 12, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta joins the Society of American Indian Government Employees at its annual training program in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJun 11, 2014

    View remarks given by OPM Director Katherine Archuleta at the 2014 Society of American Indian Government Employees’ 11th Annual National Training Program.

  • Time is Running Out to Take the Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyJun 10, 2014

    Calling all Federal employees: Have you taken the Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey? The FEVS, which OPM administers, is a powerful management tool that helps your senior leaders and managers drive change at your agency. The data we get from your responses tells us what is working and what we can do better.

  • PRESS CALL: Director Archuleta to discuss 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint SurveyJun 9, 2014

    U.S. Office of Personnel Management Director Katherine Archuleta will discuss the importance of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey (FEVS) as a powerful management tool, explain the uses of the data collected through the FEVS, and encourage Federal employees to complete their surveys.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaJun 5, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the Asian American Government Executives Network Leadership Development Workshop in Arlington, Virginia.

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May 2014

  • Celebrating LGBT Pride MonthJun 6, 2014

    June is LGBT Pride Month. One of the best ways to celebrate this community is by making sure that its members have the same rights and benefits as the rest of our Federal family.

  • Welcoming New Citizens May 28, 2014

    Among the many great honors I have had as Director of the Office of Personnel Management is being able to welcome our country’s newest citizens. I had that pleasure again this past weekend when I spoke to 1,206 new Americans in San Francisco.

  • Honor Fallen Heroes this Memorial Day May 23, 2014

    As we get ready to commemorate Memorial Day weekend and enjoy the first outdoor celebration of the season, I hope all of us will take a moment to reflect on the meaning of this holiday: to remember the brave men and women who gave their lives in service to the United States as members of the armed forces.

  • Sharing with Silicon ValleyMay 22, 2014

    As I work to make sure we continue to build a model workforce for the 21st Century, I have been traveling around the country meeting with Federal employees, college students, faculty members and community leaders to learn from their experiences. This week, I spent some time in Silicon Valley talking to technology industry leaders about recruiting, retaining and engaging our employees.

  • OPM Adds to Affordable Care Act SuccessesMay 19, 2014

    As millions of Americans are benefiting from quality, affordable health care because of the successful implementation of the Affordable Care Act, I want to let you know that OPM’s Multi-State Plan program is making a difference in the lives of nearly 300,000 people who have chosen this option in the health law’s Marketplace.

  • National Mental Health Awareness Month May 15, 2014

    At the U.S. Office of Personnel Management, we know how important it is to take care of all aspects of the health of our Federal family and their loved ones at every stage of live. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and I want to use this blog to start an important conversation. To be at our best at work, at home, and in our communities, we need to be mentally and physically healthy.

  • Call for Nominations for the 2014 Presidential Rank AwardsMay 13, 2014

    Today, OPM kicked off the 2014 Presidential Rank Awards (PRA) process by asking agencies to nominate distinguished members of the Senior Executive Service (SES) and Senior Level (SL)/Scientific or Professional (ST) employees. These prestigious awards recognize these SES and SL/ST employees for sustained accomplishments over a period of years.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMay 12, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the GovExec Magazine Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.

  • My First Commencement SpeechMay 12, 2014

    This past weekend I had the honor of giving my first ever commencement speech to the 2014 graduating class of the University of Texas at Brownsville. What a great event!

  • Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage MonthMay 7, 2014

    Each May since 1977 we have celebrated the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the American Story. During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month we recognize the culture, traditions, history, and generations of AAPI community who have enriched America’s history and will be instrumental in its future success.

  • Celebrating Federal Employees during Public Service Recognition Week (May 4-10, 2014)May 5, 2014

    PSRW is time set aside to honor the men and women who serve our nation as federal, state, county and local government employees and ensure that our government is the best in the world. Use hashtag #FedSpirit on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook to publicly recognize a Federal employee who represents the spirit of PSRW.

  • Complimentary Webinars on Contemporary Leadership during PSRWMay 5, 2014

    In honor of Public Service Recognition Week, OPM’s Center for Leadership Development is offering five complimentary 1-hour webinars on contemporary leadership topics. Register Today!

  • Celebrating Public Service Recognition WeekMay 2, 2014

    From May 4 to 10, the Office of Personnel Management is celebrating Public Service Recognition Week. PSRW, a week dedicated to the service of the Federal workforce, will feature opportunities for agencies to recognize the work of Federal employees who serve their country at home and abroad.

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April 2014

  • Let's Get Prepared! Apr 30, 2014

    April 30 is America’s PrepareAthon! National Day of Action. OPM is a national partner in this nationwide, community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience.

  • U.S. Office of Personnel Management Announces the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey Apr 29, 2014

    OPM announced the release of the 2014 Federal Employee Viewpoint Survey.

  • Veterans Employment Council Discusses Strategy to Increase Employment and Retention of Veterans in Federal GovernmentApr 29, 2014

    The President's Council on Veterans Employment, Co-Chaired by Secretary of Labor, Thomas E. Perez, and Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki, and Vice-Chaired by OPM Director, Katherine Archuleta, met to discuss the progress made in implementing Executive Order 13518, Employment of Veterans in the Federal Government.

  • Let's Play Ball Apr 29, 2014

    I have some exciting news. A week from today I will be on the field at Nationals Park. And you can be too. On Tuesday, May 6th, the Washington Nationals will help us celebrate Public Service Recognition Week (PSRW) by hosting “Federal Employee Appreciation Night,” and they’ve invited me to throw out the first pitch.

  • OPM and GSA Partner on Training and Management SolutionApr 28, 2014

    OPM and the General Services Administration announced a new partnership to jointly manage the solicitation and award of a new strategically sourced, multiple award contract vehicle to support OPM’s Training and Management Assistance program, which provides customized human capital and training services to all agencies.

  • OPM and UMUC Alliance Offers Federal Employees Discounted Rates to Pursue Post-Secondary EducationApr 17, 2014

    The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) and the University of Maryland University College (UMUC) signed a first-of-its-kind agreement to provide a 25 percent discount on out-of-state tuition rates on courses, certificates, and degree programs to all current Federal employees, spouses, and their legal dependents.

  • Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) 2014 FinalistsApr 15, 2014

    Congratulations to the Class of 2014 PMF Finalists!

  • OPM Issues Final Rule to Revitalize the Combined Federal Campaign RegulationsApr 11, 2014

    The final regulations, which will be published in the Federal Register in the coming days, will amend the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC) by providing Federal employees more choice, convenience, and confidence, as well as a more cost-effective system.

  • Making Progress toward Fair and Equal WagesApr 11, 2014

    Today, as part of our larger focus on ensuring transparency within the Federal government, the Office of Personnel Management is releasing a study the President ordered to examine the federal government’s progress to guarantee that all workers can earn a fair and equal wage.

  • HR University Reaches $100 Million in Cost SavingsApr 2, 2014

    HR University (HRU) reached a milestone with $100 million in cost-savings government-wide. HRU is a prime example of how we are developing a first-class Federal workforce that is well-prepared, well-trained and has the right skills.

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March 2014

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 27, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the Federal Employees Health Benefits (FEHB) Program Carriers Conference in Arlington, Virginia.

  • Retirement Processing is On the MoveMar 24, 2014

    OPM is committed to the accurate and timely processing of retirement claims to Federal retirees. In recent months, we have taken steps to reduce the backlog in processing Federal employee retirement requests, addressed the needs of the Retirement Services (RS) Information Technology system and improved customer service in RS.

  • March 17, 2014 Operating StatusMar 17, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • OPM’s Strategic Plan FY2014-2018 Mar 14, 2014

    The Office of Personnel Management exists to support the men and women who serve the American people as Federal workers. Over the next four years, this strategic plan will guide the agency’s efforts to recruit, retain, and honor a world-class workforce and continue to be a model employer for the 21st Century.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 13, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gives remarks at the USDA’s celebration of Women’s History Month.

  • Remarks of OPM Director Katherine ArchuletaMar 11, 2014

    OPM Director Katherine Archuleta gave remarks at the Federal Managers Association’s 76th National Conference and Management Training Seminar.

  • Strategic Information Technology PlanMar 11, 2014

    The Plan provides a framework rooted in the use of human resources data throughout an HR lifecycle. It also establishes enabling, enterprise and business initiatives that define OPM’s IT efforts.

  • National Women's History MonthMar 6, 2014

    Each year, the President designates March as National Women’s History Month as one way that Americans in schools, workplaces and local communities can take the time to reflect on the accomplishments and legacies of women who have shaped our great country’s history.

  • March 4, 2014 Operating StatusMar 3, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • March 3, 2014 Operating StatusMar 2, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

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February 2014

  • February 26, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 26, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

  • February 14, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 13, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • February 13, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 12, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • February 5, 2014 Operating StatusFeb 5, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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January 2014

  • Draft Position Classification Flysheet for Records Management Series, 0308Jan 23, 2014

    The flysheet proposes to establish an occupational series, consistently defining records management activities throughout the Federal Government. Deadline for agencies to conduct a general review of the duties covered by this draft flysheet has been extended through March 10, 2014.

  • January 22, 2014 Operating StatusJan 21, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL and employees have the OPTION FOR UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

  • January 21, 2014 Operating StatusJan 21, 2014

    FEDERAL OFFICES in the Washington, DC, area are CLOSED. Emergency and telework-ready employees required to work must follow their agency's policies, including written telework agreements.

  • January 3, 2014 Operating StatusJan 2, 2014

    Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

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