Federal workers in the Washington D.C. region can take unscheduled leave or telework Thursday, the Office of Personnel Management announced. A Winter Storm Watch will remain in effect for the D.C. region through much of the day Thursday.
D.C. federal agencies will remain open.
According to WTOP, the storm watch indicates the potential for significant amounts of snow, with some areas receiving more than 4 inches of snow. Forecasters expect the heaviest snowfall during the afternoon and evening commutes.
Non-Emergency Employees must notify their supervisor of their intent to use unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework (if telework-ready). In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements, non-emergency employees have the option to use:
earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
leave without pay; or
their flexible work schedule day off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules.
Telework-Ready Employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisors of their intention to perform unscheduled telework must be prepared to telework for the entire workday, or take unscheduled leave, or a combination of both, for the entire workday in accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements.
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksites on time unless otherwise directed by their agencies.
Francis Rose is the host of In Depth, which airs weekdays from 4-7 p.m. on 1500 AM in the Washington, DC metro area and online everywhere. Francis has covered all three branches of the federal government as a broadcast journalist since 1998. He joined Federal News Radio in 2006 as the producer and news anchor of the station’s morning drive program, the Federal Drive. He launched In Depth in 2008 as a daily show focused on connecting federal executives to the information they need to do their jobs better.