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News Release

Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Contact: Jennifer Dorsey
Tel: 202-606-2402

OPM Director John Berry Announces New Status Definitions for Inclement Weather

Director discussed the 2011 winter weather outlook and how the Federal government plans to handle severe winter weather

Washington, DC – On Wednesday, December 15, 2010, U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) Director John Berry announced new status definitions for inclement weather. The new definitions incorporate “unscheduled Telework,” or the ability for Federal employees to work from home on non-scheduled Telework days. The announcement was made during a press briefing on the 2011 winter weather outlook for Washington, DC. At the conference, Director Berry discussed how OPM decides what status to follow during severe weather and how the announcement is made.

“This briefing allowed us to give the public insight into how the crucial decision is made about whether the Federal government offices in Washington, DC, remain open to the public during inclement weather,” said Director Berry. “During severe winter weather conditions the decision OPM makes is an important one to the more than 300,000 Federal employees in the Washington, DC, area. Furthermore, these new definitions give more flexibility to our employees so that they can make the decision best to balance work and personal needs during inclement weather.”

In comparison to 2010, the National Weather Service is calling for a milder 2011 winter with more mixed weather incidents.

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