The Office of Personnel Management announced early Thursday morning that federal offices in the Washington area will be closed because of a winter storm in the region. Emergency and telework employees are expected to work, according to the announcement.
OPM Director Katherine Archuleta explained the reasoning in a Facebook post, citing dropping temperatures and a predicted 4-8 inches of snow making transportation difficult.
The National Weather Service has called for a winter storm warning in the region until 9 pm Thursday.
Non-emergency employees will be granted excused absence (administrative leave) for the number of hours they were scheduled to work unless they are:
- required to telework,
- on official travel outside of the Washington, DC area,
- on pre-approved leave (including leave without pay), or
- on an alternative work schedule (AWS) day off.
Telework-Ready Employees who are scheduled to perform telework on the effective day of the announcement or who are required to perform telework on a day when Federal offices are closed must telework the entire workday or request leave, or a combination of both, in accordance with their agency's policies and procedures, subject to any applicable collective bargaining requirements (as consistent with law).
Emergency Employees are expected to report to their worksite unless otherwise directed by their agencies.