Following up on OPM’s note earlier this week, OPM Director John Berry issued a memo yesterday thanking employees for bearing with the snowpoclypse in recent weeks, but he also lays out the first recommendations for dealing with such events — in DC and elsewhere — in the future.
From his letter:
As the largest employer in the DC area, the Federal Government can play a significant role in minimizing traffic gridlock by continuing to encourage maximum use of telework and adjusting alternative work schedule days off and credit hours (if available). Within the bounds of any applicable union agreements, agencies may want to allow their employees to adjust their start and stop times to further stagger arrival and departure times in order to further ease traffic congestion. Agencies may also accommodate requests by employees who do not currently do so to utilize alternative work schedules…
Temporarily increasing the number of employees operating under these flexible work schedules may also cut down on gridlock. You may want to also remind your employees of the advantages in commuting cost and time they may have by using carpools and DC area mass transit.
I encourage each of you to maximize use of these flexibilities and be creative in helping your employees adapt to these unusual conditions while still doing the work of the United States Government.