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Friday, March 20, 2020
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NEWS: OPM Issues Flexibility to the VA to Combat COVID-19

WASHINGTON, DC - The U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) has delegated authority to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to issue dual compensation reduction waivers, enabling the VA to quickly reemploy retired subject matter experts and deploy them to where they are needed most to combat COVID-19.

The delegation of dual compensation reduction waivers allows the reemployment of civilian retirees to meet the needs of this public health emergency. The VA must respond to patient needs at numerous medical centers, community-based outpatient clinics, cemeteries, community living centers, spinal cord injury units, Veterans Benefits Administration offices, headquarters, and miscellaneous VA program offices nationwide. This delegation will provide the VA with the flexibility needed to accomplish its mission in providing quality medical care to our nation's veterans.

This delegation will enable the Chief Human Capital Officer or their designee to waive the salary reduction when necessary to reemploy a retired federal employee temporarily in response to COVID-19.

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