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Tuesday, October 31, 2017
Contact: OPM Office of Communications
Tel: (202) 606-2402

OPM Establishes Emergency Leave Transfer Program to Assist Feds Affected by the California Wildfires

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 the wildfires in California. 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.

“More than 10,000 Federal employees are working in areas affected by the wildfires in California,” said Acting OPM Director Kathy McGettigan. “As the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to assess the impact of the wildfires, we anticipate the number of employees affected by this disaster to increase. With the establishment of the ELTP, OPM hopes to alleviate some of the stress for these Federal employees.”

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