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Friday, February 7, 2020
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NEWS: OPM Issues Further Coronavirus Guidance to Agencies

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has released additional guidance to assist agencies and employees in responding to any concerns about exposure to the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV).

The memo provides information on various human resources (HR) flexibilities that agencies and employees may use during periods when employees are subject to quarantine or isolation in connection with 2019-nCoV.

OPM has convened a working group of key agencies to determine what HR guidance is needed in response to 2019-nCoV. OPM will continue to coordinate with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the agency working group to identify federal workforce impacts, direct agencies to the latest information on 2019-nCoV, and provide agencies with any necessary guidance on HR flexibilities and authorities.

Agencies are strongly encouraged to monitor the CDC 2019-nCoV website for updates.

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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.

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