Skip to page navigation
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Official websites use .gov
A .gov website belongs to an official government organization in the United States.

Secure .gov websites use HTTPS
A lock ( ) or https:// means you’ve safely connected to the .gov website. Share sensitive information only on official, secure websites.

OPM.gov / News / Latest News / News Archives / Releases / 2017 / September / OPM Establishes Emergency Leave Transfer Program To Assist Harvey Victims

News Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, September 1, 2017
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: (202) 606-2402

OPM Establishes Emergency Leave Transfer Program To Assist Harvey Victims

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) issued a memo today to establish an Emergency Leave Transfer Program (ELTP) for Federal employees adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey. In the event of a major disaster or emergency declared by the President that results in severe adverse effects for a substantial number of employees, OPM, in consultation with the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB), may establish an ELTP.

An ELTP permits employees in the executive and judicial branches, or agency leave banks established under 5 U.S.C. § 6363, to donate unused annual leave for transfer to employees of the same or other agencies who are adversely affected by the emergency, and who need additional time off from work without having to use their own paid leave.

“We continue to reach out to impacted agencies to gather more information on the number of employees impacted by Harvey,” said Acting OPM Director Kathy McGettigan. “As always, OPM stands ready to assist Federal agencies in carrying out their missions and in responding to the needs of Federal employees,” said McGettigan.

- end -

The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) is the strategic human capital partner to the federal government that is recruiting, retaining, and honoring the workforce that's landing rovers on Mars, fighting climate change and cancer, and building this country back better. OPM provides leadership and support to agencies through key issues and services-including human resource policy and oversight, federal employee benefits, and retirement services- that impact more than two million people in the federal workforce. As the nation's largest employer, the federal government is the model employer across sectors.


Control Panel