Click here to skip navigation
An official website of the United States Government.

Latest News News

You have reached a collection of archived material.

The content available is no longer being updated and as a result you may encounter hyperlinks which no longer function. You should also bear in mind that this content may contain text and references which are no longer applicable as a result of changes in law, regulation and/or administration.

News Release

Thursday, February 04, 2010
Contact: Office of Communications
Tel: 202-606-2402

Inclement Weather Response in the Washington, DC Area for February 5, 2010

OPM Director John Berry just sent the following memo to all Federal agency Chief Human Capital Officers (HR heads):

As you know, current weather forecasts for tomorrow predict a severe snow storm in the Washington, DC area beginning late in the morning and continuing into Saturday. Out of concern for employee safety and to help alleviate traffic concerns, I strongly encourage you to take the following actions for your non-emergency employees:

  • Permit employees at your agencies under a telework agreement to telework tomorrow. This severe weather forecast presents a key opportunity for agencies to test their telework plans in the context of emergency preparedness.
  • Allow employees on alternative work schedules (AWS) to schedule their AWS day off or use credit hours (if available) tomorrow.
  • Advise your employees now that OPM will be announcing the Government will operate on an unscheduled leave policy tomorrow. For planning purposes, employees should advise their supervisors as soon as possible if they plan to take annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or leave without pay tomorrow.
  • Emergency employees are expected to report to or remain at work in dismissal/closure situations unless otherwise directed by their agencies.
  • OPM will continue to monitor the storm's progression and will update the operating status on OPM's website as necessary.  See
- end -

OPM leads and serves the Federal Government in enterprise human resources management by delivering policies and services to achieve a trusted, effective civilian workforce. By Empowering Excellence in Government through Great People, we provide leadership and support to U.S. agencies on issues including human resources policy and oversight, background investigations, federal employee benefits, retirement services, guidance on labor-management relations, and programs to improve workforce performance. For more information, visit or follow OPM on Twitter, Facebook, or LinkedIn.

Control Panel