OPM: Federal agencies will be open; Unscheduled Leave, telework optional

The Office of Personnel Management has announced that all federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area will be open on a normal schedule, with employees having the option for Unscheduled Leave or Unscheduled Telework.

From OPM: The following message applies only to Monday, August 29, 2011

Federal agencies in the Washington, DC, area are OPEN and employees have the OPTION for UNSCHEDULED LEAVE OR UNSCHEDULED TELEWORK.

Please consult your agency or supervisor for the most up-to-date information on the status of your workplace.

Non-emergency employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework. Eligible employees may-

• Use annual leave, earned compensatory time off, earned credit hours, or leave without pay; or

• As permitted by their agency's policies, procedures, and collective bargaining agreements, telework from home on a non-telework day, if the employee has a telework agreement in place that is approved for unscheduled telework.

Employees scheduled to telework on the day of the announcement are expected to begin telework on time or request unscheduled leave.

Non-emergency employees may request supervisory approval to change their AWS day off or rearrange their work hours under a flexible work schedule.

Non-emergency employees may request sick leave if they meet the qualifying conditions under law, OPM regulations, and follow their agency's policies and procedures.

Emergency employees are expected to report to their worksite on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.