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News Release

Saturday, August 30, 2008
Contact: Beverly Ward
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Establishes Toll-Free Hotline Number to Assist Federal Employees and Annuitants Impacted by Hurricane Gustav

OPM Acting Director Hager Sends Memorandum To Federal Agencies On Available Assistance

Washington , DC -- In preparation for Hurricane Gustav, the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) announced today it has established a toll-free assistance hotline number (1-800-307-8298) for current and retired Federal employees and annuitants who may be impacted by the hurricane in the Gulf Coast area. 

The toll-free number, which is activated today, enables callers to leave their numbers for a call back within 4 hours. If the need arises, live operators will be on call to provide immediate assistance.

OPM Acting Director Mike Hager stated, "Given the likely magnitude of Hurricane Gustav, OPM stands ready to offer assistance for Federal employees, annuitants and their families in the impacted Gulf Coast area. We are informing media markets in the Gulf Coast region of the toll-free numbers and asking agencies to notify their employees in the region about the assistance available."

Federal employees with access to the internet can receive updated and important information on benefits, flexibilities and payroll at

The site provides links to assist in contacting local Federal Executive Boards, other resources and announcements, and is continually updated with news and information. 

On Friday, OPM Acting Director Mike Hager sent a memorandum to heads of executive departments and agencies regarding the various human resources flexibilities available to assist Federal agencies and employees affected by emergency situations.  Topics include pay and leave benefits, employee and family support benefits, telework, emergency critical hiring and other flexibilities. The memo can be found at

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