D.C. feds can take unscheduled leave, telework on Wednesday

For the second day in a row, federal employees working in the Washington, D.C., area can take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework on Wednesday, Feb. 2, due to a forecast of freezing rain.

At this time, the Office of Personnel Management says agencies will be open on Wednesday.

The National Weather Service forecasts freezing rain Tuesday night will turn into rain Wednesday morning as temperatures rise after midnight.

From OPM:


We urge federal employees to exercise extreme caution and to be alert to changing weather and road conditions in their area. OPM will continue to monitor conditions closely and will update the operating status as needed and appropriate. Please follow your local news and www.opm.gov/status closely for updates.

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.


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