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Pandemic FAQ

If an agency has a significant number of employees out on sick leave, how can the agency backfill the positions of the affected workers until they are able to come back to work?
Agencies have several flexibilities available when faced with the need to back-fill positions of workers on sick leave. OPM's June 28, 2005, Memorandum for Heads of Executive Departments and Agencies, “HR Flexibilities Available to Assist Federal Employees Affected by Severe Weather Emergencies and Natural Disasters,” on OPM's Web site at, provides general information about short-term hiring flexibilities.

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