Federal agencies in DC area open Friday under 2-hour delayed arrival

(This story was updated Friday, Feb. 14 at 6:15 a.m. to include information about Baltimore Federal Executive Board agencies.)

Federal agencies in the Washington, D.C., region are open Friday, February 14, with a two-hour delayed arrival in effect. Employees also have the option to take unscheduled leave or unscheduled telework, according to the Office of Personnel Management.

OPM says employees should plan to arrive at their offices no more than two hours later than they would normally be expected to arrive.

Baltimore Federal Executive board agencies will open at 10 a.m. Employees have the option to take unscheduled leave or telework.

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(The information below is copied directly from the OPM website.)

Non-Emergency employees who report to the office will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for up to 2 hours past their expected arrival time.

In accordance with their agency’s policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements, non-emergency employees may notify their supervisors of their intent to use:

  • earned annual leave, compensatory time off, credit hours, or sick leave, as appropriate;
  • leave without pay;
  • their alternative work schedule day (AWS) off or rearrange their work hours under flexible work schedules; or
  • unscheduled telework (if telework-ready).

(Employees who request unscheduled leave should be charged leave for the entire workday.)

Telework-ready employees who are regularly scheduled to perform telework or who notify their supervisor 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.

Pre-approved Leave – Employees on pre-approved leave for the entire workday or employees who requested unscheduled leave for the entire workday should be charged leave for the entire day.

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

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