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How does OPM determine the operating status of the federal government?

When an event such as inclement weather or a natural disaster occurs, OPM works together with our federal, state, and local partners to determine the proper operating status for the federal government in the Washington, DC area.

We have a 24-hour situation room that monitors anything which might affect the status of the federal government in the National Capital Region. When we have an event like a snow storm approaching the area, we immediately begin to prepare. There is a Council of Governments conference call that typically includes over 200 representatives from a variety of partners such as:

  • The National Weather Service, FEMA, and NOAA
  • The departments of transportation for the District of Columbia, Virginia, and Maryland
  • Public transportation providers (including WMATA bus and rail, Amtrak, VRE, and even regional bus services).
  • Power companies, law enforcement, and school districts

This collaborative process gets us the latest information, allowing us to make timely decisions based on input from all of our partners.

Check out our video about this topic here: Operating Status Decision

How do I find the operating status of the federal government?

The operating status of the federal government can be found through:

  1. Our website
  2. Our OPM Alert mobile app
  3. Our social media accounts: Twitter - @USOPM, Facebook - /USOPM

Additionally, www.ready.gov provides useful information on emergency planning


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends this week, I hope you take a moment to pause, reflect and give thanks for the many blessings in our lives. 

This year, I am particularly grateful for the opportunity to serve alongside all of you, and for the warm welcome so many have extended me this fall. I am honored to be a part of OPM and to work with and learn from such dedicated civil servants.  

Since starting at OPM, I have witnessed the hard work, integrity and commitment to mission exhibited by so many in the Federal Service – and it continues to inspire me. 

As we move forward during this period of modernization and change through the President’s Management Agenda (PMA), please know that our mission remains the same.

Our core objectives of mission, service and stewardship will continue to guide us to improve the way we serve our fellow citizens. Our vision for OPM, a vision of stability, sustainability, and service for agencies and the American people, remains constant. 

Your work is vital to the future of OPM as we continue to build a Federal workforce ready to tackle challenges and meet the demands of the 21st Century.

Thank you again for all you do in service to the American people

I wish you and your loved ones a wonderful start to this holiday season and I look forward to continue working side by side in the months ahead. 

Happy Thanksgiving!


40 years – that’s how long the Presidential Management Fellows Program has given entry-level professionals the opportunity to be a part of a meaningful public service opportunity. The PMF program allows highly-skilled graduate students to be matched with Federal agencies to develop a cadre of potential Government leaders. PMFs are appointed to a temporary, two-year Federal positions, where they build on their existing skills while engaging in leadership development programs that can include classroom, cohort, and rotational experiences. These Fellowship may lead to a permanent career appointment at a Federal agency.

These men and women make a difference for our country They identify problems, develop strategies, and implement solutions to help build a better America. They bring fresh, new ideas and a willingness to take on challenges never dreamed possible. It is wonderful to see them in action.

That is why I am excited to announce this year’s PMF finalists. The Class of 2019 is a strong and diverse one. This year, there were 4,045 applicants. There are now 351 impressive finalists, all of whom should be extremely proud. They come from 113 separate academic institutions, representing 56 disciplines, and 12% are veterans. These individuals signify the potential of our people and our Government. I cannot wait to see what they accomplish.

Looking at this list of Americans gives me confidence that the program will continue to benefit the country for years to come. It reminds me of why I decided to answer the call to serve in Government: To make a difference for the American people.

Not everybody can be President, but many can be presidential. Being a PMF means impacting the world. As Acting Director of OPM, it is a great honor to be a part of this process.

To find out more about the PMF Program, please check out the program’s website at www.pmf.gov.


Every November 11, we recognize our Nation’s veterans for the sacrifices they have made for this great country. These men and women are among the best this world has to offer. They set aside everything to serve. Many have seen long deployments away from their families, some have seen combat, but all have given something.

We observe Veterans Day because we as a nation have a responsibility to recognize those who have served to preserve our freedoms. Last year, the President described it as “a time to pay due respect to our veterans, who have passed the torch of liberty from one generation to the next.” Here at OPM, we don’t take this responsibility lightly. Veterans Day is about honoring people who made a commitment to this country. To the veterans out there, we want you to know that OPM is committed to honoring you.

Veteran talent is critical to enacting the President’s Management Agenda which will address 21st Century challenges throughout the Federal workforce. Veterans know what it means to serve a purpose bigger than themselves and that is what working in the Federal Government is all about. They work hard and have invaluable experience not found anywhere else. Without them, our civil service is not the same.

We know from experience working alongside them and their families, that veterans represent the greatness of America. OPM’s Veterans Services Office, works with veterans, transitioning service members, Federal agencies, Veterans Services Organizations, and other stakeholders to support veteran hiring in the Federal Government. Even after their call to service in the military has ended, many continue to serve the American people as members of the Federal Civil Service.

OPM thanks all those wonderful Americans who have served or currently are serving in the Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Coast Guard. You make this country and its government possible. Thank you for your service. And I send a special thank you to all of the Federal employees who after answering the call in the Armed Services, decided to continue to serve America as dedicated and faithful servants in the Federal workforce.

I'll close with a quote that best summarizes the reason for our celebration of Veterans Day:

“Our first thought…is to acknowledge the obligation which the Nation owes to those who served in our forces afloat and ashore, which contributed the indispensable factor to the final victory. Although all our people became engaged in this conflict, some in furnishing money, some in producing food and clothing, some in making munitions, some in administering our Government, the place of honor will always be accorded to the men and women who wore the uniform of our country – the living and the dead.” - President Calvin Coolidge

Celebrating National Disability Employment Awareness Month!

October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month and this year’s theme is “America’s Workforce - Empowering All.” As the Nation's largest employer, the Federal Government has a special responsibility to lead by example to include people with disabilities in the workforce, and foster a disability-friendly work culture.

To highlight the achievements of American workers with disabilities, the president released an official proclamation recognizing October as National Disability Awareness Month.

The proclamation states,

[This month], we renew our commitment to creating an environment of opportunity for all Americans and educating people about disability employment issues.

 Earlier this year, the unemployment rate for Americans with disabilities reached the lowest rate ever recorded. 

The proclamation highlights steps the administration has taken to addresses disability employment issues, which include “encouraging those with disabilities to engage in the workforce, providing greater opportunities for their involvement, and preventing workplace injuries from occurring,” and describes the administration’s commitment to creating opportunities for Americans with disabilities across the workforce.

OPM is proud to mark 73 years since President Truman approved a Congressional Resolution declaring the first week in October “National Employ the Physically Handicapped Week”. 

In 1962, the word "physically" was removed to acknowledge the employment needs and contributions of individuals with all types of disabilities. In 1988, Congress expanded the program to “National Disability Employment Awareness Month (NDEAM).” 

Today, NDEAM celebrates disability inclusion and the contributions made to this country by workers with disabilities. This month, we celebrate what is possible. This month, we also focus on education and awareness – to remind everyone of the value of the skills and talents workers with disabilities bring to communities everywhere. 

OPM’s community of employees with disabilities contributes much to this agency. Please take a moment to learn about this community here: http://theo.opm.gov/FedsWithDisabilities/index.aspx.


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