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Operating Status Archives

Washington, DC Area

Applies to: Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Status: Open - 2 hours Delayed Arrival

Federal offices in the Washington, DC area are OPEN under 2 hours DELAYED ARRIVAL. Employees should plan to arrive for work no more than 2 hours later than they would be expected to arrive.

This announcement does not apply to furloughed employees impacted by the lapse in appropriations, as they are already in a non-work status.

Excepted employees (e.g., those excepted from the furlough to protect life or property or those who must support them or other non-furloughed employees "by necessary implication") will follow the operating status announcement, except any time in a non-work status will be considered to be furlough time.

Employees who are Funded or Exempt from Furlough

Non-emergency employees who report to the office will be granted weather and safety leave for up to 2 hours past their expected arrival time. In accordance with their agency's policies and procedures (including required notification of the employee's supervisor) and subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law), non-emergency employees have the option, subject to supervisory approval, to use:

  1. earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
  2. leave without pay;
  3. their flexible work schedule day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or
  4. telework (subject to supervisory approval).

Except as noted in the discussion above:
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.

Telework Employees (i.e., employees who are participating in a telework program, including those who perform telework regularly and those who telework on an ad hoc basis) who choose not to report to the regular office must be prepared to telework, request approval for unscheduled leave or other paid time off, or a combination-thereby accounting for the entire workday. In general, weather and safety leave is not available to telework employees who do not report to the regular office. Treatment of telework employees is subject to applicable law, regulations, agency policies and procedures, and any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law).

Leave. In general, an employee on preapproved leave (paid or unpaid) or other paid time off (e.g., compensatory time off, credit hours)-including an employee who requests supervisory approval for unscheduled leave or other paid time off-should be charged leave or other paid time off and not receive weather and safety leave.

(Posted on January 14, 2019 at 7:10 PM)

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