Most government offices open after East Coast earthquake

Most of the federal government is open for business after a 5.8 magnitude earthquake struck Virginia on Tuesday.

The Office of Personnel Management announced early Wednesday that most agencies in the Washington area are open with unscheduled leave and telework according to agency guidelines. The following agencies and departments are closed, pending further inspection, as of Wednesday, Aug. 24:

  • Agriculture Department: Agriculture South, 14th and Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C.
  • Commerce Department: Building A, 6810, Franconia, Va.
  • Federal Aviation Administration, Building 10A and 10B
  • Health and Human Services Department: Hubert Humphrey Building, 200 Independence Ave., Washington, D.C.
  • Health and Human Services Department: 8401 Muirkirk Rd., Laurel, Md.
  • Homeland Security Department: Nebraska Ave., N.W., Complex, Buildings 1 and 19, Washington, D.C.
  • Independent U.S. Government Offices: National Building Museum, 5th and F Streets, N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Interior Department: 1849 C Street, N.W., Washington, D.C. and 1951 Constitution Ave., S.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Labor Department: Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • National Archives: Washington National Records Ct., 4205 Suitland Rd., Suitland, Md.
  • National Endowment for the Arts: Old Post Office Building, 1100 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., Washington, D.C.
  • Office of the Secretary of Defense: One White Flint North, 11555 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, Md.

If your building is closed, emergency employees should report to work on time, according to OPM.

Non-emergency employees (including employees on pre-approved paid leave) will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work, unless:

  • The employee is required to telework by his or her agency's official policy as reflected in his or her written telework agreement.
  • The employee works or is on official travel outside of the Washington, D.C. area.
  • The employee is on leave without pay.
  • The employee is on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.

Federal employees should check with their agencies to see if their buildings are open. OPM will update the information on Thursday, Aug. 25.

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