OPM Urges Telework Wednesday for March on Washington Anniversary

Estimates of the number of participants in the 1963 march vary from 200,000 to 300,000. Estimates of the number of participants in the 1963 march vary from 200,000 to 300,000. AP file photo

The federal government is encouraging employees in the Washington area to telework on Wednesday to avoid travel delays caused by ceremonies marking the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington.

Agencies in Washington will remain open on Wednesday, but employees should “expect significant commuting delays and travel disruptions,” said Office of Personnel Management Acting Director Elaine Kaplan in a memorandum to chief human capital officers. The event, which commemorates the 1963 “I Have a Dream” speech by Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Lincoln Memorial, is expected to affect the morning and evening commutes in the Washington area.

Kaplan said employees also can request adjustments to their work schedules, use their alternative work schedule day off on Wednesday or take annual leave.

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